First of all, cholesterol is a completely natural fatty substance produced by the liver called lipid. On top of lipid production in the liver, it can be found in many fatty foods and having an excessive amount of it in your blood can promote narrowing of the arteries, heart attacks and strokes. While cholesterol itself is completely harmless, having too much of it can lead to a build up in your arteries which in turn makes it harder for blood to flow to the heart, brain and so forth.
It is recommended that your cholesterol levels maintain a healthy balance of ‘5mmol/L’ or less. It is recommended that adults receive a blood test to check these levels, particularly if you are a smoker, are overweight, have high blood pressure, heart disease or have hereditary history of cardiovascular issues. When the British Heart Foundation surveyed a sample of the British public in 2008, an alarming number of men and women over 35 had high cholesterol. To lower yours, try and cut down or quit smoking altogether, replace foods with high saturated fats for healthier alternatives (for example, vegetable oils and soft vegetable spreads) and avoid processed foods where possible.
Don’t let your cholesterol levels creep up on you – act today.