Cholesterol is a fatty substance that circulates around the body in your blood. Lipoproteins carry cholesterol in the blood.
Cholesterol comes from two sources: your body and the food you eat.
1 in 3 women have high blood cholesterol and this can increase the risk of heart disease.
There are two types of cholesterol:
High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
- Known as the ‘good’ or ‘healthy’ cholesterol.
- HDL carries cholesterol away from the arteries to the liver to be eliminated.
- The more HDL in your body the better protected you are against the buildup of plaque in your arteries.
- Assists in the production of Vitamin D, hormones such as estrogen and digests fats.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)
- Known as the ‘bad’ or ‘unhealthy’ cholesterol
- High levels of LDL can cause a buildup of plaque on the artery walls causing them to narrow which can restrict blood flow that can result in having a heart attack or stroke.