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How often should you have your cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked?

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Adults aged 20 and older should have their cholesterol and triglyceride levels checked once every five years. However, your doctor may suggest doing this more often if you have certain risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, or a family history of heart disease.

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online: "Cholesterol: The Test."

National Cholesterol Education Program: "High Blood Cholesterol, What You Need to Know."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is High Blood Cholesterol?"

American Heart Association: "What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Lab Tests Online: "Cholesterol: The Test."

National Cholesterol Education Program: "High Blood Cholesterol, What You Need to Know."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What is High Blood Cholesterol?"

American Heart Association: "What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 24, 2020

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