By: Corrie Edwards
Date: August 30, 2012

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a great reason to get yours tested today.

More than 102 million American Adults (20 years or older) have total cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL, which is above healthy levels. More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, which puts them at high risk for heart disease.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries. After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.

If you have high cholesterol, your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol.

In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes:

•Low-fat and high-fiber food (Eat more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains).

•For adults, get at least 2 hours and a half hours of moderate or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week. For those aged 6-17, getting 1 hour or more of physical activity each day.

•Maintain a healthy weight.

•Quit smoking today.

Please give us a call at (561) 263-2234 to get your cholesterol checked at Jupiter Medical Center, or click HERE to request an appointment online.

Information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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