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Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for the normal functioning of the body. It's made by the liver but can also be found in some foods.
Causes of high cholesterol
A number of different factors can contribute to high blood cholesterol including diet, age, family history and ethnic group.
Diagnosing high cholesterol
Blood cholesterol levels are measured with a simple blood test. This blood sample will be used to determine the amount of LDL, HDL and triglycerides in your blood.
Treating high cholesterol
If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you will at first be advised to make changes to your diet and increase your level of exercise.
Preventing high cholesterol
You can help to lower your cholesterol by eating a healthy, balanced diet, doing regular exercise, quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol.
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