WDEL's Delaware HealthWatch
with Frank Gerace

Cholesterol Levels

Not knowing this important number could have dangerous consequences.

More than 65-million Americans have high blood cholesterol levels, and nutritionist dR. Janet De Jesus with the National Institutes of Health says it's important to keep your cholesterol level down.

Dr. De Jesus: "High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans."

Cholesterol levels are measured with a blood test--the best test is called a lipid panel, and is done in your doctor's office.

Experts say your total blood cholesterol level should be under 200, and the level of LDL, the so-called "bad" cholesterol, should be under 100.

To learn more about blood cholesterol and what cholesterol numbers mean, click here.

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