Cholesterol Education Month
National Cholesterol Education Month is held to enlighten the public about the dangers of high cholesterol. High cholesterol is one of the main causes of death in the world. Unfortunately, many do not understand all the risks to one’s heart and health, so they continue to eat junk food, smoke, and drink alcohol. The situation is exacerbated by a lack of physical activity. High cholesterol is a dangerous disease that affects more than 102 million Americans over the age of 20.
September is not just chosen for awareness of all the risks associated with high cholesterol. In early fall, World Heart Day is also celebrated. Why is it so important to know about cholesterol? High levels can lead to heart disease and stroke. Moreover, the disease develops without symptoms, and usually patients seek help when a doctor can no longer assist. Even healthy people can have heart attacks.
The event was started by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The statistics turned out to be disappointing – cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in Americans, and about a million people suffer heart attacks every year.
With high cholesterol, a person does not experience any symptoms. This greatly complicates diagnosis and further treatment.
Approximately 35 million Americans have problems with blood cholesterol levels.In America, there is a national program under which every person over the age of 20 can undergo an examination once every five years and find out their cholesterol level.
There are simple ways to reduce cholesterol in the blood – regular exercise, a diet high in fiber, and avoiding nicotine.
Remember that our body synthesizes cholesterol on its own, so you do not need to add it to your diet.
How to join National Cholesterol Education Month
First, get tested and make sure that you do not face heart problems due to high cholesterol. This can be done with a simple blood test. Read more about the consequences of this condition, resulting from eating junk food and bad habits. Change your lifestyle – start exercising and eat right.
High Cholesterol Resources for Individuals and Patients
Get a Cholesterol Test
Patients can learn about how their health care team can do a simple blood test, called a “lipid profile,” to measure their blood cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol Myths and Facts
Learn the answers to common questions about blood cholesterol.
Cholesterol Patient Education Handouts
These fact sheets and handouts can help patients better understand how high blood cholesterol affects their health and risk for heart disease and stroke.
Eat Smart, Move More! [PDF – 324 KB]
This fillable calendar can help people reach their healthy eating and physical activity goals one day at a time.
The Scoop on Statins: What Do You Need to Know?
This webpage and handout from the Million Hearts® initiative describe what patients need to know about their cholesterol medicines.