September is National Cholesterol Month which is why we would like to share some information with you about what cholesterol is and how you can manage yours for a happy, healthy life.
What is cholesterol?
Before figuring how to manage your cholesterol, it is helpful to know what exactly cholesterol is. According to the CDC, cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and in many foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function properly, but too much cholesterol can become harmful and build up in your arteries which puts you at risk for heart disease, heart attack, stroke or other illnesses.
Know your cholesterol levels
High cholesterol is often silent and shows no symptoms which is why it can be especially dangerous. By seeing your doctor, you can have your cholesterol levels tested to make sure you are within a healthy cholesterol range. The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that adults of 20 years or older should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years, but factors such as smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes or other family history of illness may require that you be tested more frequently.
Cholesterol in your blood is carried on lipoproteins:
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), sometimes called “bad” cholesterol
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL), sometimes called “good” cholesterol
How to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
If you do have unhealthy cholesterol levels, the good news is that this can often be improved through lifestyle changes and programs like our Liberty HealthTrac program, which was designed to help guide our members in creating healthier habits. You can also communicate with your provider about maintenance medications to support you while you work towards your health goals.
Building healthier habits such as incorporating more low-fat, high fiber foods into your diet, frequent moderate exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and abstaining from smoking can help you reduce the risk of harmful cholesterol levels.
Use our cost savings programs to help you save
If your doctor recommends that you start a medication to support and regulate your cholesterol, HealthShareRx is here to help you save big on both brand and generic medications. With their home delivery program, maintenance medications for chronic conditions can be shipped to Liberty members in a 90-day supply, often for less money than a 30-day supply would be at your local pharmacy. The best part is when your prescription runs low, you can reorder and never miss a day of your medication.
A part of being a good healthsharing member is being a good steward of your health. Make sure to keep an eye on your cholesterol by receiving routine healthcare and prioritizing your health journey. If have any questions about receiving care and how to best navigate your healthsharing membership, a member of our supportive team will happy to help guide you.