An FSA and National Cholesterol Education

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. This important month is a good moment to check in about your health, and particularly about cholesterol health. high cholesterol can lead to a host of other healthcare risks, including increased risk of heart disease or stroke.

But, your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) can help you stay and on top of your cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol can be broken down into two categories – high density lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL is the “bad” cholesterol and a main contributor to plaque. HDL is the “good” cholesterol that regulates LDL levels in the body.

How can my FSA help?

Now is a great time to check in on your cholesterol health by either visiting a doctor, or tracking it with help of products you can buy with an FSA.

1. You can use your FSA to schedule a doctor's visit. FSAs can cover co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance. WebMD has a neat cholesterol diary template that you can check out that might help, too.

2. You can monitor your health with a variety of healthcare products, including:

The Accutrend Plus Cholesterol Meter measures your total cholesterol and glucose in a blood sample.

Shop for this product with your FSA at FSA Store, and save by using your pre-tax dollars.

You can also separately buy CardioChek HDL Cholesterol Test Strips for measuring cholesterol.

3. Keep tabs on your heart health, as well. You can easily do that with blood pressure monitors, also available at FSA Store.

Monitor your blood pressure on-the-go and keep data on you at all times via Qardio. TheQardio Arm Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor for iPhone and Android is easy to carry, and you allows you to quickly measure your blood pressure whether you're at home or at the office, or traveling.

Shop for all varieties of Qardio at FSA Store