One of our primary responsibilities at WECT is to keep you informed about issues that could affect you and your family, especially when it comes to your health. That's why Frances does the Buddy Check 6 series, Bob does the skin cancer screenings, Jim brought the prostate cancer screening van to Wilmington, Frances is producing a special program on ovarian cancer later this month, and the station is presenting its Healthy Lifestyles Expo in October.
And that's why we think you need to know that September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month. Too much bad cholesterol in the blood leads to cardiovascular disease, America's number one killer. Half of all Americans age 20 and older have cholesterol levels that are too high. The good news is you can make many lifestyle changes to lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, like eating foods low in saturated fat, losing weight, and regular exercise. If you haven't had your cholesterol checked lately, see your doctor.
Remember, high amounts of bad cholesterol show no visible symptoms but can cause a heart attack, a stroke or even death. And it doesn't discriminate. It can strike anyone, even those of you who lead a healthy lifestyle. Knowing your number could save your life.