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    What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

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  • Nicole Senior

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I'm an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, consultant, author, speaker and food and health enthusiast. I love talking and writing about food and health.(please note, … View Profile

    Unfortunately there are no symptoms of high cholesterol. You can't feel it or see it. That's why it is so insidious because it could be doing you damage without you even realising. That's why it's important to ask your doctor about a blood test to measure your cholesterol level. This should be a matter of routine if you're 45 years or older and male, or 55 or older and female, or 10 years earlier if you have other risk factors such as being overweight, having high blood pressure, a family history of heart issues or high cholesterol, or if you're from a succeptible ethnic group such as Aboriginal, Torres Straight Islander, Maori, Pacific Islander or from the Indian subcontinent. If your cholesterol is high, there is lots you can do with diet and lifestyle to get it down- it's within your power to improve your cholesterol and heart health.

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