Cholesterol Test

What is it?
  • A blood test which measures the amount of fat which has built up on artery walls
  • LDL bad cholesterol, HDL good cholesterol
Why?
  • Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease
  • LDL cholesterol can clog the walls of arteries
How often?
  • Once a year
  • More often if levels are high
Target Goal:
  • Cholesterol: less than 200
  • LDL: less than 100
  • HDL: more than 40
Action steps:
  • If you smoke, try to stop
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Eat less saturated and trans fats
  • Lose weight
  • Ask about medicines to lower your blood cholesterol

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