Importance Of Preventive Health Checkup For Keeping Cholesterol Under Control


Getting your cholesterol levels monitored regularly is important to stay healthy. High cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease and stroke - both are known as leading causes of death, globally.

Cholesterol is the fat that is needed by your body to carry its functions properly. But increased levels of cholesterol can result in heart disease, stroke, or clogging or hardening of your arteries.

Who should get their cholesterol checked?

Those who are at high cholesterol risks, such as:

  • Everyone above the age of 40 years
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Having a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol
  • Having an alcohol addiction
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Following an inactive, sedentary lifestyle
  • Underlying conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, PCOS

What information does a cholesterol test impart?

It measures 4 types of lipids/fats found in your blood:

  • Low density lipoprotein (LDL) - Bad cholesterol that can cause heart attack, stroke, or atherosclerosis.
  • High density lipoprotein (HDL) - Good cholesterol that removes LDL from your blood
  • Total cholesterol in your blood
  • Triglycerides - Unconverted calories stored in your fat cells

What does your cholesterol test result indicate?

Cholesterol levels are measured in - milligrams per deciliter of blood. If your cholesterol levels are outside the normal range, your risk for heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis can be high.

Normal cholesterol levels for adults:

  • LDL: 70 to 130 mg/dL
  • HDL: more than 40 to 60 mg/dL
  • Total cholesterol: less than 200 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides: 10 to 150 mg/dL

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