Cholesterol 101. Facts Every Adult Should Know. By : Jennifer Palm. A waxy, fat-like substance Produced naturally in the body - via the liver Also consumed through your diet. What is Cholesterol?. Sources of cholesterol. Cholesterol Continued.
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Facts Every Adult Should Know
A waxy, fat-like substance
in the body
- via the liver
Also consumed through your diet
Sources of cholesterol
It’s normal to have a certain amount of cholesterol in your body
In fact, it’s needed for good health
But too much cholesterol can have a negative impact on your health
Also known as hypercholesterolemia
Greatly increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke
Extra cholesterol in the blood
Builds up on the walls ofyour arteries
Causing arteries to narrow or harden
- a process known as atherosclerosis
Which can completely block an artery
This picture illustrates how cholesterol builds up in your arteries over time.
A blocked artery has the potential to be extremely life-threatening.
If total cholesterol and LDL are higher than recommended values or if HDL is lower, you are at an increased risk for heart disease.
Maintain a healthy diet
fats in your diet
They contain zero cholesterol!
Maintain a healthy weight
A proper diet and regular physical activity
can help you achieve this!
It speeds up the process of atherosclerosis
Limit alcohol consumption