Cholesterol is a crucial part of how our bodies function.
It is a waxy substance that circulates through the bloodstream.
It is used to create cells, hormones, and vitamin D.
Too much cholesterol in the blood can lead to heart and blood circulation diseases.
There are two main types of cholesterol:
- LDL (low-density lipoprotein) known as 'bad' cholesterol
- HDL (high-density lipoprotein) known as 'good' cholesterol
- When your body has too much LDL cholesterol, it builds up on the walls of your blood vessels to form “plaque.”
- As plaque builds up over time, the insides of the vessels narrow, clogging the path for blood flow to and from your heart and other organs.
- When blood flow to the heart is blocked, it can cause a heart attack.