Do you know if you are at risk of having high cholesterol?

There are several factors that can place you at risk of having a high cholesterol level. These risk factors include being physically inactive, overweight or obesity, smoking cigarettes, heredity, as well as age. Note that high cholesterol increases with age.

In addition, diet also plays a role whereby saturated trans fats increase your blood cholesterol level. If you need help in creating a diet plan of healthy and balanced meals, seek the help of a dietician.

Get your cholesterol level checked!

It is important to have your cholesterol level checked by your doctor. He or she will do a blood test and will explain the results to you when they become available.

Treatment

High cholesterol can be treated either by medication or making lifestyle changes. Your doctor will advise you accordingly.

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Lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, weight reduction, increasing your levels of physical activity, reducing alcohol consumption and making dietary changes – in particular reducing your intake of saturated trans fats and cholesterol.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.