Health Tip: Should I Get a Cholesterol Test?

(HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol tests, also known as lipid panels and profiles, are blood tests that measure the amount of cholesterol in your blood, says Mayo Clinic. As high cholesterol is a prime risk factor for heart disease, cholesterol tests are an important tool.

Mayo Clinic suggests that these people get a cholesterol test:

  • Those with a family history of high cholesterol or heart attack.

  • Overweight or physically inactive people.

  • People with diabetes.

  • Those who eat an unhealthy diet or smoke.

  • Men older than 45 and women older than 55.

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