What should I ask my doctor about my lipid levels?

Learn Your Lipids
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Lipids are fat-like substances found in the body's cells and in the bloodstream. Often referred to as cholesterol and triglycerides, lipids are an important source of fuel for the body. But if lipids reach unhealthy levels, they can raise your risk of heart disease.

At your next visit with your doctor, it may be helpful to ask the following questions about your lipid levels:
 
  • What are my lipid levels? What do they mean? What should my goals be?
  • Based on my current lipid levels, what is my risk of developing heart disease?
  • What steps should I take to bring my lipids to healthier levels?
  • How long will it take me to achieve my lipid goals?
  • How often should I get my lipids checked?
  • If I am unable to reach my lipid goals with the treatment plan we've just discussed, what other options are there to help me reach them?

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