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RaeAnn Tucker-Marshall is the public information director of the Henry/Stark Health Departments.
Blog: Keeping cholesterol under control
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Let's take a look at some steps

you can take to help lower your cholesterol. Too much cholesterol in the

blood can lead to heart disease and stroke - America's No. 1 and No. 3

killers. Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but

only one-third of them have the condition under control.

You can reduce cholesterol in your blood by eating healthful foods,

losing weight if you need to and exercising. Some people also need to take

medicine because changing their diet isn't enough. Your health care

provider will help you set up a plan for reducing your cholesterol - and

keeping yourself healthy!

New Year's is a good time to resolve

to get your cholesterol screened. What role does screening play? Screening

is the key to detecting high cholesterol. Because high cholesterol does not

have symptoms, many people do not know that their cholesterol is too high.

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults aged 20

years or older have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.

The Henry and Stark County Health Departments remind area residents that

Blood Profiles are now available at clinics held Monday through Friday

starting at 7:30am at the Health Department's Main Office, Rt. 78 South,

Kewanee; and at 8:00am at their Colona Office 103 1st St., Colona.

The fasting blood profile clinics offer area residents the opportunity

to receive a variety of indepth profiles like the Chem Screen/CBC basic

blood profile, a Thyroid Panel, and the PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen)

test. These tests are available without a physician's order.

Insurances, such as Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Mutual

Medical, can be billed with a physician's order.

The basic blood profile offers 39 different blood results including a

total cholesterol, triglyceride, high and low density lipoprotein (HDL and

LDL), and red and white blood cell count results. In honor of September's

designation as Cholesterol Education Month the Health Department is offering

this test at a special rate of $50, and a Lipid Panel screening for only

$15.

Fasting is required for the basic blood profile. Therefore,

participants should not eat or drink anything other than water for 8-12

hours prior to the blood draw. Test results will be sent by mail to

participants and their physicians.

Please note, appointments which are necessary, may be made by contacting

the Health Department at (309) 852-5272. For more information visit our

website at www.henrystarkhealth.com or find us on Facebook at Henry and

Stark County Health Departments.


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