Cholesterol is a waxy substance manufactured by the liver. It’s a vital component of nerves and cell walls.1 Though cholesterol plays an essential part in digestion and the production of hormones, too much cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can lead to health-related problems such as heart disease.1,2
Cholesterol is a lipid.1 It is transported through the blood in “carriers” called lipoproteins, which have fat inside and protein outside.2
You can have high cholesterol and not realize it, because it has no symptoms. The only way to tell if you have high cholesterol is through a blood test that measures LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and total cholesterol.2 That’s why testing is so important. Everyone over 20 years of age should have their cholesterol tested a minimum of once every 5 years.1
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A number of factors can influence your cholesterol levels. For example:
Lack of physical activity
†Especially high in saturated and trans fats, as well as high-cholesterol foods (such as full-fat dairy products).
For more information, talk with your healthcare provider.
References: 1. Cleveland Clinic. Triglycerides & heart health. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/17583-triglycerides--heart-health. Accessed
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