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High Cholesterol and FH

Cholesterol: What Is It? Cholesterol is a substance your body makes naturally. It is soft and waxy, similar to fat, and is present in your body’s cells and in your bloodstream. Cholesterol is necessary to your survival — it’s what your body uses to make new cells. Much of the cholesterol in your body occurs naturally, but you also get a lot from the food you eat, especially animal products such as meat, cheese and butter. The truth is that cholesterol in itself is a good thing. The problem comes when your body has too much cholesterol. Too much of the wrong kind of cholesterol creates an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, such as coronary heart disease and stroke — the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in the nation. In fact, people who have high levels of cholesterol are at twice the risk for developing heart disease as those with lower levels. So having high cholesterol is a clear health concern. The good news is that high cholesterol can be treated very effectively, lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease. 3


High Cholesterol and FH
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