What is Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that our body needs as a building material for cells and hormones.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a white waxy substance that’s found naturally in our blood and is needed for a range of vital body processes.
Most cholesterol is made in the liver and a small amount comes from the diet. Too much bad fat (saturated and trans fat) can increase bad cholesterol. Replacing bad fats with good fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated) can help manage cholesterol.
Cholesterol only becomes a problem when there are more than your body needs. It can cause the build up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels, reducing blood flow, and may then become a problem for your heart health.
There is a good and a bad type of cholesterol called HDL and LDL cholesterol.
'Bad' LDL cholesterol:
LDL cholesterol can stick to the walls of arteries and reduces blood flow causing blockage which can increase the risk of heart disease.
'Good' HDL cholesterol:
HDL helps clear the arteries and carries cholesterol away from the blood helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.
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