Cholesterol – Do you know what it is?

- Cholesterol and the heart - 

Cholesterol is something we all have, but we rarely think about it. Elevated cholesterol is common among people of all ages and backgrounds.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is essential for you. Every cell in your body contains cholesterol. It is produced by the body but can also be ingested through food. Being fat-soluble, it does not mix with blood, which is water-soluble. That's why it is carried through your bloodstream by lipoproteins called HDL and LDL. Cholesterol is essential to your health, but too much of it can be harmful.

What is cholesterol?

Like water, cholesterol is absolutely essential for you, but too much of it can be harmful. Your body needs a small amount of cholesterol to build cell membranes, make hormones, produce vitamin D and carry out other important tasks.

Where do I get cholesterol?

Every cell in your body contains cholesterol. Most of the cholesterol is produced by the body, but can also be taken in from food; mainly from meat, eggs and full-fat dairy products. Elevated cholesterol is a risk factor for heart diseases. Lowering your cholesterol levels now can help you to keep the life you love.

What are the different cholesterol types?

Being fat-soluble, cholesterol does not mix with blood, which is water-soluble. That's why it is carried through your bloodstream by lipoproteins called HDL and LDL. Low density lipoprotein or LDL is considered "bad" as it is involved in the atherosclerotic process, which may cause plaque build-up inside your arteries, leading to cardiovascular disease. High density lipoprotein or HDL is often called "good", because it helps remove cholesterol from the arteries.