The art of caring for your heart (sm)
How can cholesterol affect your health?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance in your blood. You get cholesterol from two sources:
There are two types of cholesterol:
Most people consume much more cholesterol than they need. So some of the excess cholesterol in the blood can build up in your blood vessels and form plaque. Enough plaque can lead to atherosclerosis which can, over time, clog your arteries. It can also lead to a higher risk of:
What you can do
To some degree, your cholesterol level may be hereditary. But even if you might have inherited a risk for high cholesterol, it's possible to make a significant impact on your cholesterol if you:
Please check with your doctor or nurse before starting a diet or exercise program.