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High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a substance found in our blood, and it comes from the different food items that we consume daily. It is close to the substance we call fat, but it is referred to as a lipid. Cholesterol is needed in your body because it is responsible for the production of bile in the liver and store the bile in your gall bladder and for making the cell membrane in your body.

The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that all adults aged 20 years and older have their cholesterol levels checked at least every 5 years.

Your total cholesterol level is a measure of all the cholesterol in your blood, including LDL (bad) cholesterol and HDL (good) cholesterol. Your doctor may choose to focus on your LDL (bad) cholesterol rather than total cholesterol because it is considered a better measure of heart disease risk.

For more information:

http://highcholesterolsymptoms.org/

www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/chol/wyntk.htm

www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/What-Your-Cholesterol-Levels-Mean

 

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