While cholesterol is important to your health, it is possible you can have too much of a good thing. Cholesterol is a wavy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function, but having too much can cause serious problems. So how do you know if you have too much?

Your first step is to have a conversation with your Dr. A simple blood test is used to determine your cholesterol levels. If your level is too high your Dr. may recommend a change in diet, exercise or even put you on medication. High Cholesterol can affect people from early childhood through old age, while usually not showing any symptoms. It’s especially important to talk to your Dr. if there is a history of High Cholesterol in your family. 

There are some self-care tips you can use to help keep your cholesterol in check.

  • Consume more fish, poultry, lean beef, pork and lamb instead of sausage or other organ meats.

  • Drink skim or low-fat milk.

  • Stay away from pastries and doughnuts.

  • Eat more fruit.

And don’t forget, preventative screenings are likely covered at 100% or for a small copay under your health insurance coverage.