September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to function properly but it naturally produces all the cholesterol you need. Too much cholesterol can clog your arteries and puts you at risk for major health related issues. Over 102 million Americans, 20 years and older, have high cholesterol. It’s important to monitor your cholesterol levels as high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
High cholesterol usually doesn’t have any symptoms so people may be unaware they have a problem. MediNurse can do a simple finger stick to check your levels. MediNurse recommends that everyone 20 years and older receive a “lipoprotein profile” to know their cholesterol numbers. If your cholesterol is too high, it’s important to lower it by lifestyle changes and possibly medication. Eating low-fat and fiber-rich foods in conjunction with moderate amounts of exercise will go a long way in lowering your cholesterol.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with MediNurse, call 314-781-2800 or visit www.medinurse.com.