While it is important to have your cholesterol checked on a regular basis, remember cholesterol is just one piece of the cardiovascular risk reduction puzzle. You need to maintain a healthy diet and weight and quit smoking, if you are a smoker, to decrease your risk of heart disease.
“When you are able to control those risk factors, you can start looking at your cholesterol level,” says Janna R. Crosnoe, MD, family practice physician, Saint Francis Medical Partner.
The most important cholesterol number to control is your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol.” If you have no cardiovascular risk factors or diabetes, you should stay in the range of 130-160 mg/dL. However, if you suffer from heart disease, you should keep your LDL below 70 mg/dL.
“Plaque buildup in your arteries can develop when your LDL levels become too high,” says Crosnoe.
To make an appointment with Crosnoe, call 573-331-3000 or visit her webpage to learn more.