Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. It comes from two sources:
- It’s made by your body and used to do important things, like make hormones and digest fatty foods.
- It’s found in many foods, like egg yolks, fatty meats, and regular cheese.
When your body has too much cholesterol, you could develop heart disease or have a stroke.
There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Getting your cholesterol checked with a simple blood test is the only way you can know if you are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
You can help prevent and manage high cholesterol by making healthy choices and by managing any health conditions you may have.
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Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Cholesterol