Having your cholesterol checked is important, especially if you are a man age 35-65 or a woman age 45-65. Too much cholesterol can clog your blood vessels and cause heart disease and other serious problems. Your health care provider may check your levels of “bad” (LDL) and “good” (HDL) cholesterol. You can lower your cholesterol level and keep a healthy level by changing your diet, losing excess weight and getting regular exercise. If necessary, your provider may prescribe medica- tion for you. Ask your provider what a healthy cholesterol level is for you and how often you need it checked. My cholesterol should be less than mg/dL. My cholesterol should be checked every year(s). If you have high cholesterol, talk with your provider about a plan for lowering it. Keep track of your cholesterol using the Personal Prevention Record in the center of this Health Guide.