Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made by your liver. Your body needs cholesterol for making hormones and digesting fatty foods. Getting your cholesterol levels checked is an important part of staying healthy. High cholesterol increases your risk for developing diseases like heart disease or stroke.

A blood test is required to check your cholesterol. Recommendations for cholesterol testing typically are every 5 years for people age 20 or older who have a low risk for cardiovascular disease and more frequently for people with cardiovascular disease risk factors. Check with your medical provider for your personal recommendation for cholesterol screening.

Cholesterol screening will measure your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and your HDL (high-density lipoprotien). Lipoproteins are the blood proteins that carry cholesterol throughout the body.

LDL  is sometimes called "bad" cholesterol because high levels of LDL raise your risk for cardiovascular disease. HDL, the "good" cholesterol, can lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Cholesterol may be managed through medications and lifestyle changes including a healthy diet and exercise program.

For more information on cholesterol visit the links below:

Understanding Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol?

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