In its most basic form, cholesterol is a waxy material. It’s found in cell walls and nerves.1 So why do you need to know your cholesterol levels?
are fats, from foods we eat, that are carried in the blood
is HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and carries cholesterol from tissues to the liver for disposal
is LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and carries cholesterol to tissues, including the arteries
The following conditions or behaviors can affect your cholesterol
level. Some of the factors are controllable, some are not.
Three components of your diet raise cholesterol levels:
High cholesterol itself does not usually have any symptoms, but narrowing blood vessels over time can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.3,4
Work with your doctor to get a blood test called a lipoprotein profile. This will tell you and your doctor what you need to build a plan to improve your cholesterol numbers.
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
References: 1. US Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC. NIH publication No 06-5235. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/public/heart/chol_tlc.pdf. Published December 2005. Accessed
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