Introduction to High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is known as a "silent" disease, which explains why you may be surprised by a diagnosis. After all, you walked into your doctor's office for a checkup feeling just fine and expecting a clean bill of health. Who knew that you would later find out that your blood test results showed you may need to make significant changes in your life?

Right now, you may be concerned about the medications your doctor has prescribed, or fear you will no longer be able to eat your favorite foods. Well, you're not alone. About one in six American adults has high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The good news is that high cholesterol is treatable with safe and effective medication, dietary changes and exercise. The best news? Tweaking your health habits can make you feel and look better—fast!