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Men's Health: The Importance of Checking Cholesterol for Men.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in the blood that is essential for various bodily functions. However, having high cholesterol levels can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

It is crucial to maintain healthy cholesterol levels to prevent these life-threatening conditions. While high cholesterol can affect both men and women, men are likelier to have higher cholesterol levels and experience heart disease and stroke.

Therefore, men must check their cholesterol levels regularly to maintain their heart health. Here are a few reasons why men should prioritise checking their cholesterol levels:

  1. Men have higher risk factors for heart disease: Men are at a higher risk of developing heart disease and stroke than women. According to the American Heart Association, men are more likely to have a heart attack at a younger age than women. High cholesterol levels are one of the leading risk factors for heart disease, and men should take this seriously.

  2. High cholesterol often has no symptoms: One of the biggest problems with high cholesterol is that it often has no symptoms. Men may not realise they have high cholesterol until it causes a heart attack or stroke. Regular cholesterol checks can help detect high levels early, allowing men to take action to reduce their risk.

  3. Lifestyle factors can affect cholesterol levels: High cholesterol is often a result of poor lifestyle choices such as an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. Men who engage in these activities are at higher risk of developing high cholesterol levels. Regular cholesterol checks can help men understand how their lifestyle choices affect their cholesterol levels and motivate them to make positive changes.

  4. Cholesterol levels can be managed: High cholesterol is a treatable condition. With lifestyle changes such as healthy eating habits, regular exercise, and quitting smoking, men can lower their cholesterol levels significantly. In some cases, medication may also be prescribed to manage high cholesterol. Regular cholesterol checks can help men monitor their cholesterol levels and track their progress in managing the condition.

Checking cholesterol levels is essential for men to maintain their heart health. By doing so, men can significantly reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke, leading to a longer, healthier life. Men should prioritise regular cholesterol checks and adopt healthy lifestyle habits to manage their cholesterol levels effectively.

When should men start checking their cholesterol?

It is recommended that men start checking their cholesterol levels at age 35. If there are risk factors present, such as a family history of heart disease or stroke, smoking, high blood pressure, or obesity, men should begin cholesterol testing earlier. Additionally, men should discuss their individual risk factors with their healthcare provider to determine when they should start cholesterol testing and how frequently they should check their cholesterol levels. Men already diagnosed with high cholesterol or have other risk factors for heart disease may need to have their cholesterol checked more frequently. Ultimately, men should consult with their healthcare provider to determine the appropriate age to start cholesterol testing and how often they should be tested.

How do I get my cholesterol checked?

In the UK, cholesterol testing is typically done through a blood test, which can be done at a GP surgery, clinic, or hospital. Here are the steps involved in getting your cholesterol checked:

  1. Book an appointment with your GP: To get your cholesterol checked, you must book an appointment with your GP. You can do this by calling your GP surgery or booking an appointment online.

  2. Attend your appointment: On the day of your appointment, you must attend your GP surgery, clinic, or hospital. Your healthcare provider will take a blood sample from your arm using a needle.

  3. Receive your results: Your blood sample will be analysed in a laboratory. You will receive your cholesterol test results from your GP or healthcare provider within a few days. They can discuss your results with you and advise on managing your cholesterol levels if needed.

You may be asked to fast for a certain period before your cholesterol test, usually around 12 hours, to ensure accurate results. You should also inform your GP if you are taking any medications or have any medical conditions that may affect your cholesterol levels. Additionally, if you prefer, private companies in the UK offer cholesterol testing services. However, these services will come with a cost.


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