Get your cholesterol tested

Every person over the age of 20 should have his/her cholesterol tested at least every 5 years.1 Talk to your doctor about the test; it’s a blood test called a lipoprotein profile. The results will include readings for:1

  • Total cholesterol
  • Bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • Good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Triglycerides
good vs bad cholesterol; hdl vs ldl

What is considered normal?

The charts below show what the National Institutes of Health considers healthy in cholesterol numbers. Use these ranges to determine your current status and to build target numbers.

Bad cholesterol

Bad cholesterol = LDL2 (mg/dL)

  ldl levels chart
Good cholesterol

Good cholesterol = HDL2 (mg/dL)

  hdl levels chart
 

Total cholesterol2 = LDL+HDL (mg/dL)

  total cholesterol test results
Triglycerides

Triglycerides2 (mg/dL)

  triglyceride levels chart

Source: National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel (ATP) 3 Guidelines, 2002.

How can you improve your cholesterol numbers?

The first step to managing high cholesterol is to talk with your doctor. Your doctor knows you and your medical history and can safely guide you toward making informed decisions about managing your cholesterol levels.

Who should get their cholesterol tested?

  • Everyone over the age of 20 should be tested at least every 5 years2
  • Men aged 45+ and women aged 55+ should be tested every year3
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USES AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Uses for TriCor® (fenofibrate) Tablets4

  • TriCor should only be used when other measures, such as diet and exercise, have not been enough.
  • TriCor is a prescription medicine used along with diet in adults to lower triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • TriCor is also used along with diet in adults to lower severely high triglycerides. Improving blood sugar control in certain people with diabetes may prevent the need for cholesterol drug therapy.
  • TriCor was not shown to reduce the risk of having heart problems in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Important Safety Information for TriCor4

  • TriCor should not be taken by people with liver, gallbladder, or severe kidney disease; nursing mothers; or those allergic to any product ingredient.
  • TriCor has not been shown to lower your risk of having heart problems or a stroke.
  • TriCor can cause muscle problems. Unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness may be a sign of a serious but rare muscle problem and should be reported to your healthcare provider right away. The risk of a serious muscle problem may be higher when Tricor is given with statins. If you take a statin tell your healthcare provider.
  • TriCor can cause liver problems. Blood tests are needed before and during treatment with TriCor to check for liver problems.
  • Some people require blood tests to check for kidney problems while taking TriCor.
  • TriCor may cause inflammation (swelling) of the gallbladder or pancreas. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including all prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements.
  • TriCor may cause serious allergic-type reactions, blood clots, and possible changes in some blood test values.
  • If you are pregnant or may become pregnant, talk with your healthcare provider about TriCor. It is not known if TriCor will harm your unborn baby.
  • The most common side effects with TriCor include increases in liver or muscle enzymes measured by blood tests and congestion or allergy-like symptoms in the nose.

For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.

References: 1. Cleveland Clinic. Triglycerides & heart health. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17583-triglycerides-heart-health. Accessed January 28, 2020. 2. US Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. ATP III Guidelines At-A-Glance Quick Desk Reference. NIH publication No 01-3305. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/atglance.pdf. Published May 2001. Accessed January 28, 2020. 3. National Institutes of Health/US National Library of Medicine. Cholesterol. https://medlineplus.gov/cholesterol.html. Updated February 13, 2018. Accessed January 28, 2020. 4. TriCor [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: AbbVie Inc.

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USES AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Uses for TriCor® (fenofibrate) Tablets4

  • TriCor should only be used when other measures, such as diet and exercise, have not been enough.
  • TriCor is a prescription medicine used along with diet in adults to lower triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol, and to increase HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • TriCor is also used along with diet in adults to lower severely high triglycerides. Improving blood sugar control in certain people with diabetes may prevent the need for cholesterol drug therapy.
  • TriCor was not shown to reduce the risk of having heart problems in patients with type 2 diabetes.