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High cholesterol

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in the body. Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins. These packages are made up of fat on the inside and proteins on the outside.

Our bodies need some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D and substances that help to digest foods. But, too much cholesterol can build up on the walls of arteries and cause blood flow to slow. This can lead to a serious health event like a stroke or a heart attack.

People who actively manage their high cholesterol report better outcomes, fewer visits to the doctor and better quality of life. High cholesterol treatment also means you must take lifestyle changes seriously. Things you can do include:

Eating healthy foods
Exercising regularly
Supporting your emotional health
Taking medicine on time and following your doctor's orders


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