How often should my cholesterol levels be checked?
It is generally recommended to check the cholesterol levels once every five years until the age of 45, and once every 3 years after that.
A high blood cholesterol level is often asymptomatic, so periodic tests are necessary.
The American Heart Association recommends a 'lipoprotein profile' to be done in every person of age 20 and above.
If the cholesterol levels measured are within normal limits, subsequent tests should be done once in every 5 years, until the age 45. Later, the lipid levels should be monitored every 3 years. Premenopausal women have a degree of protection by virtue of the estrogen hormone, but still they need to be tested. After menopause, women should undergo cholesterol screening tests every 3 to 5 years.