High cholesterol usually has no symptoms, but it can cause many serious illnesses like heart attack and stroke and circulation problems in legs.
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High Cholesterol Q & A
What’s a healthy cholesterol measurement for me?
A healthy cholesterol measurement depends on what you eat and drink, your physical activity levels, your age, your family history, and other factors. Your cholesterol numbers are important, but your doctor will also look at your overall health to decide whether you need treatment to lower your cholesterol.
How often do I need to get my cholesterol checked?
Your doctor will discuss with you when to check your cholesterol level. Some people may need to get their cholesterol checked more often. Talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.
What puts me at risk for high cholesterol?
Certain behaviors can increase the risk for unhealthy cholesterol levels, especially among certain groups. The people most at risk are those who:
- Have a family history of high cholesterol. If high cholesterol runs in your family, you may need to get your cholesterol checked more often. Learn more about family history and cholesterol
- Have diabetes. Diabetes can lower good cholesterol levels and raise bad cholesterol levels, increasing the risk for heart disease and stroke. Nearly 1 in 10 Americans—more than 30 million people—have diabetes.5
- Are older—especially for women. After menopause, women’s cholesterol levels often go up because of the drop in estrogen levels. As men and women age, they are also more likely to gain weight, which can raise cholesterol levels.6
- Are overweight or have obesity. Having more body fat is linked to unhealthy cholesterol levels.
- Don’t get enough physical activity. Not getting enough exercise may cause weight gain, which can lead to high cholesterol.
What steps can I take to control or lower my cholesterol?
- Get active. Staying physically active helps keep your blood moving and your arteries healthy. Exercise also helps control your weight. Just a small weight reduction can lower total and LDL cholesterol levels. Adults should get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling, every week.
- Choose heathier fats. Saturated fats, found in foods such as butter, cheese, and red meat, may raise cholesterol and should be eaten in moderation. Instead, eat foods with poly- or monounsaturated fats, such as nuts, olive oil, and avocados.
- Take your medicine. If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe medicine in addition to lifestyle changes to control your LDL cholesterol level. Learn more about treatment options for high cholesterol.
- Stop smoking.