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How can you test your cholesterol levels?

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You can get a blood test to check your cholesterol level. If you're a man and your HDL level is below 40, or a woman with an HDL level lower than 50, you're more likely to get heart disease. Having an HDL level of at least 60 may help protect you from getting heart disease.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Cholesterol?"

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

Jenkins, D. , Dec. 14, 2010. Canadian Medical Association Journal

CDC: "Nutrition for Everyone: Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What Is Cholesterol?"

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

Jenkins, D. , Dec. 14, 2010. Canadian Medical Association Journal

CDC: "Nutrition for Everyone: Polyunsaturated Fats and Monounsaturated Fats."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on March 18, 2018

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