Cholesterol and your heart

What is Cholesterol?  

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in every cell of your body. It is essential for the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, and substances that aid in digestion. 

Types of Cholesterol  

There are two main types of cholesterol: 

  • Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL): Commonly referred to as "bad" cholesterol, high levels of LDL can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, increasing the risk of heart disease. 
  • High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL): Known as "good" cholesterol, HDL helps remove LDL from the bloodstream, reducing the risk of plaque buildup. 

Understanding cholesterol and its impact on heart health empowers you to take control of your well-being. By making informed lifestyle choices and seeking medical advice when necessary, you can maintain healthy cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. 

Remember, small changes can lead to significant improvements in your heart health. Take the first step towards a healthier heart today. 

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Page last updated 25 October 2023