is a fatty substance that our bodies need to function. You need
cholesterol to form cell membranes, many hormones, and bile acids, which
digest fat. But too much cholesterol can hurt you. It can build up on
the inside walls of your arteries and increase your risk of heart
disease and stroke.
You also need to know your "healthy" HDL cholesterol and "bad" LDL
cholesterol numbers. HDL cholesterol should be more than 60 and LDL
cholesterol should be less than 100. High total cholesterol may increase
your risk for a heart attack or stroke. There are no definite symptoms
of high cholesterol, so it's important to see your doctor.
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