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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Understanding Your Cholesterol Levels

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Plus Lifestyle Changes that Can Make a Difference

Most annual physicals for adults include a blood test, called a lipid panel, to check cholesterol levels. If the results indicate high cholesterol numbers, lifestyle changes may be required to reduce health risks, and

if those changes don't work a lipid-lowering statin drug may be necessary.

Cholesterol Blood Test Results

If your cholesterol numbers aren't where they should be, your doctor will want to discuss the results of your blood test with you and make recommendations for lifestyle changes. A report of high cholesterol should not be ignored, because maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol in your blood is critical for good health and longevity. Unhealthy cholesterol levels can lead to atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaques in your arteries.
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