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What Happens If My Cholesterol Is High?

What Happens If My Cholesterol Is High?

Maybe you're one of the 102 million Americans who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol. Do you really have a good understanding of what that means?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to offer some insight into what cholesterol is and ways you can keep your cholesterol in a healthy range.

What Does It Mean to Have High Cholesterol?

Normal cholesterol is defined as less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). If your cholesterol is above that, you're considered to have borderline high or high cholesterol.

High cholesterol puts you at risk of many different health issues, since cholesterol is a waxy substance that builds up in your blood vessels.

High Cholesterol Risk Factors

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Advanced age
  • Diabetes

What Can I Do to Lower My Cholesterol?

If you've been diagnosed with borderline high cholesterol or high cholesterol, medication isn't the only solution. You can often lower your cholesterol by implementing healthy lifestyle habits.

Ways to Lower Cholesterol

  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet filled with fruits and veggies and whole grains.
  • Incorporate healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, into your diet.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Don't smoke.

Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Visit AFC Urgent Care Centennial today for blood work to ensure your cholesterol falls within a healthy range.

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