National Cholesterol month launched in the US

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High blood cholesterol increases the risk for heart disease, the
leading cause of death in the United States. Lowering cholesterol
levels will reduce...

High blood cholesterol increases the risk for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Lowering cholesterol levels will reduce new heart disease events and deaths. To increase awareness of the importance of monitoring cholesterol levels and steps to achieve or maintain healthy levels, the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) is sponsoring National Cholesterol Education Month during September. NCEP recommends that persons aged >/=20 years have their cholesterol measured at least once every 5 years. A blood cholesterol level <200 mg/dL is considered desirable, a level 200--239 mg/dL is borderline-high, and a level >/=240 mg/dL is high, according to the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. A report carried out by the expert panel on detection, evaluation, and treatment of high blood cholesterol in adults suggests that cholesterol levels may be lowered through dietary modification, physical activity, weight control, or drug treatment. Dietary modification was recommended as the optimal method for lowering cholesterol

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