A few years ago, I got some unexpected news when I went to the doctor for a yearly checkup. I had high cholesterol. I was in my late 30s, an avid runner, and I ate what I thought was a pretty healthy diet. But, as I learned pretty quickly, family history trumps all of that when it comes to cholesterol.

Fortunately, a few lifestyle changes — like cutting out red meat and losing a few pounds — did the trick. But it was good to have an early heads up on what could have been a big problem.

Have you had your cholesterol levels checked? Do you know if you have a family history? This infographic does a really good job of summing up what you need to know about high cholesterol, including your risk factors and what you can do to reduce your cholesterol levels naturally.

Check it out and then go get checked out.

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What you need to know about high cholesterol
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