Young, healthy adults age 20 or older should have their cholesterol checked at least once every five years. You may need yours checked more often if any of these is true:
- You are a man who is age 45 or older.
- You are a woman who is age 55 or older or who has gone through menopause.
- You have heart disease.
- You have high cholesterol, risk factors for high cholesterol, or risk factors for heart disease.
Ask your doctor whether you're due for a cholesterol test.