High blood cholesterol

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.
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