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How common is high cholesterol in women?

Beth Jackson, MSN
Cholesterol Management

High cholesterol in women is very common. It becomes more prevalent or pronounced after menopause when we lose protective mechanisms from estrogen naturally produced in our bodies. It's very important to have your cholesterol monitored throughout your lifetime!

According to the National Women's Health Resource Center, more than 50 million American women have borderline-high to high cholesterol levels that may put them at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. It's important to have your cholesterol checked and to understand your cholesterol test results. If you have high cholesterol, work with your healthcare professional to develop an appropriate cholesterol-lowering plan.

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