September is National Cholesterol Education Month!
What is it? Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. But when you have too much in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
Why the observance? Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control. This month is a good time to resolve to get your cholesterol screened. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.
How can I be involved? Take some time this month to have your cholesterol checked. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.
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