Cholesterol

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance that is found in the blood. Everyone has some cholesterol in their blood. Your liver makes cholesterol for your body. You also can get it from the foods you eat. Meat, fish, eggs, butter, cheese and milk all have cholesterol in them.

Small amounts are needed for good health. However, people with high blood levels of cholesterol have increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems. The higher your cholesterol, the higher your risk of these problems.

Total blood cholesterol includes:

LDL cholesterol – called the "bad" cholesterol because having high LDL levels raises your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems.

HDL cholesterol – called the "good" cholesterol because people with high HDL levels tend to have a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other health problems.

Triglycerides – Triglycerides are another type of fat, measured when cholesterol is measured. Having high triglycerides also increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.



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