The two leading causes of death in the world are heart disease and stroke — both of which are linked to high cholesterol.There are no early obvious symptoms to high blood cholesterol so you may have it and be unaware. Get your cholesterol checked so that you can reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs to function.
It helps make the outer coating of cells.
It makes up the bile acids that work to digest food in the intestine.
It allows the body to make Vitamin D and hormones, like estrogen in women and testosterone in men.
It has been found that too much of this fat-like substance cholesterol can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages under certain conditions. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
There are two kinds of cholesterol:
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) called ‘good cholesterol’.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) called ‘bad cholesterol’.
Learn what you can do to prevent high cholesterol or to reduce your bad cholesterol level.
What we eat is a major cause of bad cholesterol build-up in the body.