Know your cholesterol levels
19% of Americans ages 20 to 74 have high cholesterol levels. Are you one of them?
How do I get checked?
Your doctor can conduct a simple, inexpensive test to determine your cholesterol level. When the test results are back your total blood cholesterol will fall into one of these categories:
Desirable — Less than 200 mg/dL
Borderline high risk — 200–239 mg/dL
High risk — 240 mg/dL and over
How often should I be checked?
Young Adults should be checked once every ﬁve years. Men over 45 and women over 55 should measure their cholesterol levels at least once a year.
Keeping tabs on your numbers can go a long way in preventing a number of serious medical complications (heart attacks and strokes included).