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Cholesterol is similar to fat and is either produced by the liver (endogenous cholesterol), or is consumed as part of your diet (exogenous cholesterol). We need cholesterol to stay healthy, as it is used to make cell membranes, produce vital hormones and digest our food.

Cholesterol travels through the blood in packages called lipoproteins. There are two types of these. Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) – ‘bad’ cholesterol – start building up in the blood stream if there are too many of them. High-density lipoproteins (HDLs) – ‘good’ cholesterol –are much better, as the body can break down the cholesterol they contain, and get rid of it relatively easily. It is important to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level, as high cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease.  You should remember heart disease has multiple risk factors and you may need to change more than one to lower overall risk.

Saturated fats are one of the main causes of high blood cholesterol. These are found in full fat dairy products, fatty meats, and some biscuits and pastries. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds do not contain any cholesterol whatsoever. As well as your diet, cholesterol levels are affected by your weight, whether you smoke, how much exercise you do, your age, your gender and your family history. One of the best ways to keep your cholesterol at a healthy level is to eat a healthy diet and lead an active lifestyle.

 

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