Cholesterol is something you may hear a lot about, but you may not understand it. As we grow older, however, your cholesterol levels become more and more relevant to your health.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Canada. High levels of LDL-cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease or stroke. Certain other factors also increase your risk and make it more important to have your cholesterol levels tested.
This website includes an explanation of cholesterol testing and a checklist you can fill out to see whether you ought to speak to your doctor about having your cholesterol tested. By working to maintain your own health and becoming an active participant in your health care team, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, etc., and improve your chances of living a long, healthy life.