With an approximate 30% of all deaths in Ireland resulting from heart disease it is important to keep your body in good shape. The measurement of cholesterol is one marker used to access your bodies heart health. Although cholesterol is an important element to your body’s function, too much cholesterol can lead to:
- heart disease
- atherosclerosis (a clogging or hardening of your arteries)
At Pharmhealth, we can test your cholesterol levels for you. Experts agree that men should have their first cholesterol screening before age 35 and women before age 45. To stay on the safe side, you may even want to begin having your cholesterol tested every five years after age 20.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure, or if you are taking medication to control your cholesterol levels, you should check your cholesterol every year no matter your age.
Who is at risk of developing high cholesterol?
Cholesterol testing is very important if you:
- have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease
- are overweight or obese
- drink alcohol frequently
- lead an inactive lifestyle
- smoke cigarettes
- suffer from diabetes, kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, or an underactive thyroid gland
All of these things can increase your risk for developing high cholesterol.