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What is high cholesterol?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that builds cells and hormone, and when there is too much cholesterol in your blood, you have high cholesterol. Cholesterol can build up in your arteries, clogging and hardening them. This increases your risk for heart disease. A healthy total blood cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dL, while an unhealthy total blood cholesterol level is above 240 mg/dL.

First off, cholesterol is a molecule that is required to stabilize cell walls in animals. As such we need a certain amount of cholesterol in our bodies to live. Cholesterol is both made from smaller molecules in our body and is ingested. With that said, having high cholesterol is generally means having a high level of low-density lipoproteins (LDL). These lipoproteins are used to transfer fats and cholesterol throughout the body. Having an LDL of greater than 200 is indicative of having high cholesterol and puts you at risk for developing cardiovascular disease and other disease processes.

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