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Cholesterol is a type of lipid, or fat, that is naturally produced by the liver and is also found in certain foods. It is a vital substance needed by the body for various functions, such as building cell membranes and producing hormones.

When cholesterol levels are high, it can lead to the formation of fatty deposits in the blood vessels. Over time, these deposits can grow and restrict blood flow, potentially causing heart attacks or strokes if they rupture and form clots.

While genetics can influence cholesterol levels, lifestyle choices play a significant role. By adopting a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, and, if necessary, taking prescribed medication, high cholesterol can be prevented and managed effectively.

There are two main types of cholesterol: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). LDL cholesterol is often referred to as "bad" cholesterol because high levels can lead to the buildup of plaque in the arteries. On the other hand, HDL cholesterol is known as "good" cholesterol because it helps remove excess cholesterol from the bloodstream.



High cholesterol itself does not typically cause noticeable symptoms. It is often referred to as a "silent" condition because it doesn't usually present any specific signs or symptoms. The only way to know if you have high cholesterol is through a blood test.

Symptoms of heart disease may include

Chest pain

Shortness of breath 

fatigue, and heart palpitations.

It's important to monitor your cholesterol levels regularly and consult with a healthcare professional to assess your risk and discuss appropriate management strategies.



Consult a healthcare professional.


Have a blood sample taken.

Send the sample to a lab for analysis.

Discuss the results with your healthcare provider.

Follow their recommendations for managing cholesterol.



Age Group 

Total Cholesterol


19 and younger



20 and older [Male]



20 and older [Female]



*Reference range may vary depending on equipment used by labs. Consult your referring doctor for proper interpretation of test results.



Follow a healthy diet by reducing saturated and trans fats, and increasing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.

Engaging in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes most days of the week can help boost HDL cholesterol levels and enhance overall cardiovascular health. 

Quitting smoking can improve your cholesterol levels and overall health by raising HDL cholesterol and preventing damage to blood vessels.

Limit alcohol intake to moderate levels, which means up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men.

Maintain a healthy weight by adopting a balanced diet and exercising regularly to reduce the risk of high cholesterol.

If prescribed medication, take it as directed by your healthcare provider to help manage and control your cholesterol levels effectively.




Cholesterol is carried through your blood by proteins called lipoproteins. There are different types of cholesterol based on the lipoprotein they are attached to:

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): Known as the "bad" cholesterol, it transports cholesterol throughout your body and can build up in your artery walls, leading to narrowing and hardening of the arteries.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL): Referred to as the "good" cholesterol, it helps remove excess cholesterol from your bloodstream and takes it back to the liver.


In addition to cholesterol, a lipid profile also measures triglycerides, which are a type of fat in the blood. Having high triglyceride levels can also increase your risk of heart disease.

Certain factors can contribute to an increased risk of unhealthy cholesterol levels:

Unhealthy diet: Consuming excessive saturated and trans fats, commonly found in fatty meats and full-fat dairy products, can lead to elevated cholesterol levels.

Lack of physical activity: Inadequate exercise can lower levels of HDL, the "good" cholesterol that helps remove LDL, the "bad" cholesterol.

Smoking: Cigarette smoking has been linked to lower levels of HDL cholesterol.

Obesity: Having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher increases the risk of high cholesterol.

Excessive alcohol consumption: Drinking too much alcohol can raise total cholesterol levels.

Age: While unhealthy cholesterol can occur at any age, it becomes more common in individuals over 40 as the liver's ability to remove LDL cholesterol decreases.


High cholesterol can lead to the dangerous buildup of cholesterol and other substances on artery walls, known as atherosclerosis. This can result in complications such as:

Chest pain: When the arteries supplying blood to the heart (coronary arteries) are affected, it can cause chest pain known as angina, which is a symptom of coronary artery disease.

Heart attack: If the plaques on artery walls rupture, a blood clot can form and block the blood flow to the heart, leading to a heart attack.

Stroke: Like a heart attack, a stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to a part of the brain, causing damage.

To prevent high cholesterol, you can take the following steps:

Follow a heart-healthy diet: Eat a low-salt diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit the consumption of animal fats and use healthier fats in moderation.

Maintain a healthy weight: Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight can help lower cholesterol levels.

Quit smoking: Quitting smoking can improve your overall health and cholesterol levels.

Exercise regularly: Regular exercise can help raise HDL cholesterol levels and improve overall cardiovascular health.

Drink alcohol in moderation or avoid it: If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can raise cholesterol levels and have negative effects on your health.

Manage stress: High levels of stress can contribute to unhealthy lifestyle choices and impact cholesterol levels. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as through exercise, relaxation techniques, or engaging in hobbies you enjoy.



ALIASES (Other names that describe the test. Synonyms.)

Cholesterol, Total, Serum

Lipid Screen (Cholesterol, Trig, Chol HDL, Calculated LDL)



Use to assess cardiovascular disease risk and guide therapy.



[QUESTION] What is a cholesterol test?

[ANSWER] A cholesterol test, also known as a lipid profile or lipid panel, is a blood test that measures the levels of different types of cholesterol and fats in your blood. It provides information about your total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol, and triglycerides.


[QUESTION] Why is a cholesterol test important?

[ANSWER] A cholesterol test is important because it helps assess your risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. High levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, along with low levels of HDL cholesterol, can increase your risk of developing heart disease.


[QUESTION] How often should I have a cholesterol test?

[ANSWER] The frequency of cholesterol testing depends on your age, overall health, and any existing risk factors for heart disease. Generally, adults should have a cholesterol test at least once every five years. However, your healthcare provider may recommend more frequent testing if you have certain risk factors or if you're already being treated for high cholesterol.


[QUESTION] Can I eat or drink before a cholesterol test?

[ANSWER] Fasting for 9-12 hours before a cholesterol test is often required to get accurate results. This means avoiding food and drink, except for water, during the fasting period. However, it's best to follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the testing facility.


[QUESTION] Are there any risks or side effects associated with a cholesterol test?

[ANSWER] A cholesterol test is a simple blood test and is generally considered safe. However, some people may experience slight discomfort or bruising at the site where the blood is drawn. In rare cases, there may be infection or excessive bleeding, but these are very uncommon.


[QUESTION] Can I still have a cholesterol test if I'm on medication?

[ANSWER] Yes, you can still have a cholesterol test while taking medication. However, it's important to inform your healthcare provider about any medications you're currently taking, as certain medications can affect cholesterol levels and may need to be temporarily adjusted before the test.


[QUESTION] What lifestyle changes can help improve my cholesterol levels?

[ANSWER] Making healthy lifestyle choices can have a positive impact on your cholesterol levels. Some effective changes include adopting a heart-healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins; engaging in regular physical activity; maintaining a healthy weight; quitting smoking; and limiting alcohol consumption.


[QUESTION] What are some treatment options for high cholesterol?

[ANSWER] Treatment for high cholesterol may involve lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise modifications. In some cases, medication may also be prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels. The specific treatment plan will depend on your individual circumstances and should be discussed with your healthcare provider.


[QUESTION] How long does it take to get cholesterol test results?

[ANSWER] The time it takes to receive cholesterol test results can vary depending on the testing facility and the method used. In many cases, results are available within a few days. Your healthcare provider will inform you of the expected turnaround time for your specific test.



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