We know that having a high cholesterol is associated with heart attacks, strokes and death (cardiovascular disease) and that lowering cholesterol with medications called statins is an effective way to lower your risk of disease. Everyone over the age of 40, or those with a family history of heart attack or stroke should visit their doctor for a health screening that includes an assessment of their risk of cardiovascular disease. One piece of that assessment is a measurement of blood cholesterol (lipid) levels. Higher levels of “bad” cholesterol – LDL – and lower levels of “good” cholesterol -HDL are associated with increased risk of disease. Your doctor will make an assessment of cholesterol and other factors to determine if you would benefit from treatment with lipid lowering medications, but there are also simple things you can do yourself to lower your cholesterol through your diet.
Most importantly before you embark on significant dietary changes, you should consult your doctor to get a full health check. There is a lot more to health than just cholesterol.