Make Sense of Your Cholesterol

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.