Cholesterol is a fatty substance (lipid) produced in the body by the liver and other cells. This is where most of our cholesterol comes from, however cholesterol is also found in certain foods we eat.
The body needs cholesterol and another fat called triglyceride in order to maintain healthy cells, produce hormones, vitamin D and produce energy. Cholesterol is therefore a vital to normal body function however, you can have too much. High cholesterol levels increase the risk of atherosclerosis, a condition which involves the narrowing and hardening of the blood vessels. This can contribute to heart disease and circulatory problems.
High Cholesterol can be managed using a combination of dietary changes, increased exercise and where necessary prescription medications.
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