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

A blood test known as a lipid panel is usually the way cholesterol is checked.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 11/10
Created: 01/96