When to Check Cholesterol – Cholesterol is an important element of our human body. Cholesterol is extremely good for our health if it is in control, but if the level rises then it becomes a stake for life. It is manufactured by the body itself and is also obtained from various food which is known as good cholesterol. Cholesterol is carried all over the body by lipoproteins. Cholesterol is of two types good and bad. Good cholesterol is carried by HDL (high density lipoprotein) and bad cholesterol is carried by LDL (low density lipoprotein). Your doctor will be the best person to advise when to check cholesterol. Cholesterol test in done based on the health condition, heart condition and age. An excessive rise in cholesterol may lead to heart attack. Check out my post When to Check Cholesterol below.
When to Check Cholesterol
Cholesterol test is recommended by children by doctor on the basis of the child’s age, any health problems or family history
Cholesterol test is recommended by doctor, after age of 35 generally. Men and women above age of twenty and are facing some heart health issues are also strongly recommended to have cholesterol test by doctor. Adults must have cholesterol test generally every five years starting from the age of twenty.
Also read Basic Men’s Health care Tips
Who must have cholesterol test?
Cholesterol test is general test which must be done at every five years gap. But there are also certain health conditions which must insist you to have cholesterol test:
- If you are over weight
- If you have diabetes
- Cholesterol test is needed if you constantly eat high fat diet
- If you getting physically inactive
- If you are more than 45 years
- Cholesterol test is needed if you are suffering any heart problem
- If you have cholesterol problem in family history
What is a cholesterol test?
Cholesterol test is basically lipid profile test, which measures and counts the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides present in the blood.
What high cholesterol does?
High cholesterol blocks and narrows the arteries by building up the plaques in your arteries and thus interrupts the arteries to have a proper blood flow to the heart.
Ways of test and what is done
Cholesterol test is basically done after nine to twelve hours of fasting except liquid. If you are under any medication doctor might ask you stop those for few days. This test is done in fasting so that you might get the accurate result.
If you are suffering from high cholesterol level you can put a check on it by having proper healthy diet which is low in fat, carbohydrate and has high amount vitamins, minerals and lean protein in it and regular exercise for weight control.
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