Cholesterol is waxy gunk that can build up in the arteries and cause heart disease. High levels of cholesterol are one of a cluster of problems that make up a condition known as the metabolic syndrome. High blood pressure and insulin resistance are a few other features of the metabolic syndrome, which raises the risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other health threats.
A study at the University of Wisconsin found that women with fibromyalgia were five to six times more likely than others to have metabolic syndrome. How fibromyalgia and metabolic problems such as high cholesterol might be linked isn't clear. But make sure your doctor checks your cholesterol, blood pressure, and other features of the metabolic syndrome on a routine basis.