Mississippi State Department of Health



Children, young adults and older Americans can have high cholesterol. The food you eat and the lifestyle choices you make can help you reach personal cholesterol goals.

At least one in six Mississippians have high cholesterol – most may not even know it.

How do I know if my cholesterol is high?

High cholesterol usually doesn't have any symptoms. As a result, many people do not know that their cholesterol levels are too high. However, doctors can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol. High cholesterol can be controlled through lifestyle changes or if necessary, through medications.

It's important to check your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

What can I do to lower my cholesterol?

Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol. In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes:

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Links referenced on this page
Know Your Numbers: Cholesterol and More    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1161,91,214,html ok
Eating Right: Nutrition    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,0,213,html ok
Eating Right: Healthy Weight Loss    http://www.eatright.org/Public/list.aspx?TaxID=6442451981
Quit Smoking Today: The Tobacco Quitline    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/43,1774,94,html ok

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