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The 'know how' to cholesterol

Cholesterol is used by the body in the walls of its cells, in the production of hormones, to make vitamin D and to form bile acid which helps us to breakdown food in our stomachs. It is made by the liver in the body and is essential in its day-to-day health and maintenance. Sometimes the production of cholesterol goes awry and the body produces too much, resulting in abnormally high levels, or hypercholesterolemia. Hypercholesterolemia increases a person's risk of coronary vessel disease, hypertension, heart attack and stroke. LDL is known as the 'bad' cholesterol as it transports cholesterol to the blood vessels and blocks them up. HDL is known as the 'good' cholesterol as it stops the deposition of cholesterol in the blood vessels from happening. Therefore, the lower the LDL concentration, the better. It is recommended that from the age of 20, everyone should have their cholesterol checked every 5 years, those at high risk are checked more frequently. Ways to reduced cholesterol are though low fat foods, regular exercise, weight loss and taking regular medications for some.

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Date: 31 May 2005

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