Monitor Your Health With Cholesterol Testing

Your cholesterol impacts your health in so many ways. High cholesterol can contribute to medical problems like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, which is why monitoring your levels with cholesterol testing is so important for your health. 

Who Is at Risk for High Cholesterol?

The following factors can increase your risk of developing high cholesterol:

  • If you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
  • If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, or an underactive thyroid gland
  • Someone overweight or obese
  • Drinks alcohol frequently
  • Smokes cigarettes regularly
  • Lead an inactive lifestyle

What Does a Cholesterol Test Check for?

A complete cholesterol test measures four types of lipids, or fats, in your blood:

  • Total cholesterol– the total amount of cholesterol in your blood.
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol– referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Too much of it raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol– referred to as “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from your blood.
  • Triglycerides– when you eat, your body converts the calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides, which are stored in your fat cells. People who are overweight, diabetic, don’t have a healthy diet, or drink too much alcohol can have high triglyceride levels.

How Often Should Your Cholesterol be Checked?

The American Heart Association recommends that all adults age 20 or older have their cholesterol checked every four to six years.  People who have cardiovascular disease or are at higher risk of it may need their cholesterol checked more often. Your cholesterol level is just part of your overall cardiovascular risk profile so that means your other risk factors must be considered as well.

ARCpoint Labs nationwide provides reliable health and wellness testing. Contact your nearest location to learn more.

 

 

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