Have you ever seen your total cholesterol number? If it’s under 200, you generally feel pretty good about yourself. If it’s over 240 you make an appointment with your physician.
What do you do if it’s in the “borderline” area? Even people with numbers brushing 200 might wonder if they should take action. Is it time for diet or exercise changes? Medications? A physician would order a blood test to look at the components of the total cholesterol number: HDL, LDL, triglycerides. This information would inform the next steps.