Cholesterol | Diagnosis & Tests


When should I start having my cholesterol level checked?

You can’t tell if you have high cholesterol without having it checked.

Men 35 years of age and older and women 45 years of age and older should have their cholesterol checked. Men and women 20 years of age and older who have risk factors for heart disease should also have their cholesterol checked. Ask your doctor how often you should have your cholesterol checked.

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Reviewed/Updated: 01/16
Created: 01/96