Cholesterol is a naturally occurring fat that’s produced by our bodies. It’s vital to many essential functions, including the production of hormones and vitamin D.
However, cholesterol can also be ingested through the foods that we eat (especially those containing high levels of saturated fat). When levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (often called ‘bad cholesterol’) get too high, it can create blockages in arteries – increasing risk of heart disease and stroke. The Victorian government’s guidelines for cholesterol define a healthy level as less than 5.5 mmol per litre, provided that there are no other risk factors present (including hypertension and smoking).
To book your AIA Vitality health check, simply log-in to your account and follow the steps found on the AIA Vitality portal. If you’re unable to attend a Terry White Chemmart, you can also have your GP complete the assessment. Don’t forget to download your advanced screening form before your appointment.