What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is the waxy substance that occurs naturally in all parts of the body and that your body needs to function normally. It is present in cell walls or membranes everywhere in the body, including the brain, nerves, muscle, skin, liver, intestines, and heart. Your body uses cholesterol to produce many hormones, vitamin D, and the bile
acids that help to digest fat.
If you have too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, it can lead to atherosclerosis, a condition in which fat and cholesterol are deposited in the walls of the arteries in many parts of the body, including the coronary arteries feeding the heart. Levels of blood cholesterol are measured in millimoles/litre or (mmo1/1) against which the risks of heart disease are calculated.
Less than 5.2 mmo1/1 - Low Risk
5.2-6.5 mmo1/1 - Average Risk
6.5.-7.8 mmo1/1 - Moderate Risk
Greater than 7.8 mmo1/1 - High Risk
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