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Cholesterol FAQs (cont.)

How often should I have my cholesterol checked?

The American Heart Association recommends that blood cholesterol levels should be checked every 5 years after the age of 20. If cholesterol levels are high (usually over 200 mg dL), people are often started on medicine to reduce the cholesterol and are usually advised to begin a low-cholesterol diet. Then the cholesterol levels are usually checked about every three months to see if the levels normalize. Once the levels normalize, they are often rechecked at least once per year by many health care practitioners.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014

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