Cholesterol levels

What is cholesterol levels?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. There are two types:

When you get your cholesterol tested, you get levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.

Healthy cholesterol levels

The recommended cholesterol levels are:

Having high cholesterol increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death.

You can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels by:

Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need, so we don't have to consume foods high in cholesterol.

Key things to know

Here are some key points about cholesterol:

Keeping cholesterol in check is important at every age to protect long-term health. Work with your doctor to set cholesterol goals that are right for your health status and risk factors.

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