Thursday, September 16, 2010

#routine testing

Have you had your cholesterol screening? Guidelines recommend that once over the age of 20, cholesterol screening should be done within at least a five year interval. Screening intervals should be more frequent  for those that carry personal risk factors, like obesity, tobacco use, high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.

In individuals between the age of 2 and 20 years, guidelines recommend a one time measurement of non-fasting total cholesterol levels in those who have a parent with a pretreatment total cholesterol level greater than 300 mg/dL or a first-degree relative with premature heart disease. Premature heart disease is defined as before age 55 years in men and before age 65 years in women.

So get screened, if you haven't done so already! Take precautions now by eating well, taking multivitamins, exercising, limiting salt intake, and quit smoking.

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