Len Rome’s Local Health: Do you have high cholesterol? – WYTV

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Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

(WYTV) – September is National Cholesterol Education Month.

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

Having high cholesterol can put you at an increased risk for heart disease, but we can treat it at any age.

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

Dr. Luke Laffin, with the Cleveland Clinic, said managing your cholesterol should start when you’re young.

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

“Typically, we recommend as soon as someone turns 18 or in their early 20s, to at least have a one-time cholesterol panel and it almost serves as a screening test of sorts, then we can check every three to five years after the fact.”

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

Cholesterol screening is a simple blood test after fasting. Your “total” cholesterol should be less than 170.

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

Your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, should be less than 110 and your HDL, or “good” cholesterol, should be 35 or higher.

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

Finally, you want triglycerides — a type of fat found in your blood — to be less than 150.

Len Rome’s Local Health: Do You Have High Cholesterol? - WYTV

We treat high cholesterol with exercise, a heart healthy diet and medication, if needed.

If you have higher risk factors such as a strong family history, you smoke, you’re obese or you have diabetes or hypertension, your doctor may want to check you more often and be a bit more aggressive in those treatments.