Make Sense of Your Cholesterol
The first time you locked eyes with your true love. The call about your dream job. Some moments are undoubtedly life-altering. You might not feel the same way about the doctor’s visit when you learned you had high cholesterol—but it should also change your life.
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Nearly 34 million American adults have high cholesterol, defined as a total cholesterol level of 240 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) or higher, according to the American Heart Association. Another 65 million have borderline high cholesterol, between 200 mg/dl and 240 mg/dl. While experts say the number of Americans with high cholesterol is on the decline, that doesn’t mean having high cholesterol isn’t serious business.