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Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your blood. It is made by the liver in the human body and is found in every cell in your body. For a body to function normally cholesterol is required.
You Need a Little Cholesterol, Not a Lot. Having too much cholesterol is also not good for your body.
What Are the Types of Cholesterol?
- LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “bad cholesterol,” carries cholesterol from the liver into the bloodstream, where it can stick to the blood vessels.
- HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or “good cholesterol,” carries the cholesterol in the blood back to the liver, where it is broken down.
If you have high cholesterol, it increases the risk of risk for cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke because the deposits of cholesterol narrow your arteries. But you can control your cholesterol levels. You can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise your “good” HDL cholesterol.
You just have to make some simple changes:
- Avoid Trans Fats
- Exercise/increase your physical activity
- Lose Weight
- Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.
- Quit Smoking
Cholesterol has important functions in the body but is also risky as it can narrow down arteries and cause heart disease when it gets out of control. It’s the right time to start taking care of your heart health.
If you’re concerned about your cholesterol levels, have them checked by your doctor.
Always get in touch with your doctor for advice, Be honest and accurate with your doctor. Never ever hide anything from your doctor. If your doctor recommends medication to help lower your cholesterol, take it as prescribed.