What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a type of fat that is made in the body. Cells need it to work right. However, too much cholesterol can lead to clogging of blood vessels. This can lead to heart disease (coronary artery disease), which can cause a heart attack.
What causes high cholesterol?
There are multiple causes of high cholesterol. A few of the more common causes include eating foods high in saturated fat, genetics, being overweight, lack of exercise, and increasing age.
How can you lower your cholesterol?
Diet and lifestyle changes are the first treatment options. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, fish, high-fiber grains and healthy fats like olive oil and exercise regularly. If lifestyle changes are made and your cholesterol is still high, your doctor may consider starting a medication such as a statin.
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