September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a time to learn more about cholesterol and how it affects your health.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance found in the body and animal food products, including meat, seafood, dairy and eggs.
Lifestyle behaviors, family history and health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, can adversely affect cholesterol levels. Excess cholesterol that builds up in arteries can lead to heart disease and stroke.
However, high cholesterol can be managed through healthy choices — such as eating nutritious meals, not smoking and limiting alcohol — or with prescribed medication if needed.
Postal Service employees who are concerned about their cholesterol should consult a health care provider and check cholesterol levels regularly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information, including an overview of desirable cholesterol levels, while the Wellness LiteBlue page has information on monitoring and calculating cholesterol to improve your health.