Cholesterol tests, also known as lipid panels and profiles, are blood tests that measure the amount of cholesterol in your blood, says Mayo Clinic. As high cholesterol is a prime risk factor for heart disease, cholesterol tests are an important tool.

Mayo Clinic suggests that these people get a cholesterol test:

  • Those with a family history of high cholesterol or heart attack.
  • Overweight or physically inactive people.
  • People with diabetes.
  • Those who eat an unhealthy diet or smoke.
  • Men older than 45 and women older than 55.

Source: HealthDay

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