Much has been said about the state of healthcare in the United States in recent times. Is adequate healthcare available to the majority of the population within reason and within reasonable budgets? This is still a major question that exists and is often a cause for concern as people compare this country to other leading nations around the world. It's felt that high-risk groups in certain low income sectors may be at greater risk from health problems, simply because they are unaware of risk factors and / or unable to afford the cost of visits and testing.

When it comes to one of the largest risk areas of all, many people do not have access to cholesterol screening to see if they are at elevated risk for heart attack, stroke and other ailments associated. We know that high cholesterol is one of the largest potential issues for the average person, especially if they have certain other factors which may contribute to the problem. In an ideal world everyone would have access to cholesterol screening, together with advice and counsel from medical professionals to help them understand their individual position.

Certain sectors of the population are very likely to have issues with high cholesterol. While they may be aware of their risk in a general sense, nothing could concentrate the mind better than a printout from the lab with actual figures and a stern warning from a doctor.

Indeed, few people are without any risk at all. Let's consider what some of the risks are. If you're a man over 45 years of age or a woman over 55 years of age, this is something you should consider. Be even more involved if you are overweight, smoke or have a poor diet. Many of us have what can only be described as sedentary lifestyles and do not make the effort to exercise to counterbalance this.

Before you know it we find that the majority of the population has one or more risk factors and should there before make sure that they have an annual cholesterol screening, at the very least.

Mass screening has been talked about by government bodies and in certain cases is recommended by the American Heart Association. It is felt that these screening opportunities should be brought to communities without access to basic healthcare, or where care may not be readily available due to financial concerns. So long as the right procedure is in place and the appropriate counselor is at hand to decipher the readings carefully, opportunities like these can only be good.

Any lab results can be difficult to read and there's a danger that cholesterol screening without a support system in place could do more harm than it does good. More education is needed in general terms to alert people to the risk associated with poor lifestyle and the lack of medical assessment. After all, quite apart from the cost in human terms, significant medical issues such as these are an acute draw on the economy.