What is Cholesterol?

Indeed, it is a type of fat that is found in the blood, but it is made by the liver or contained in certain foods. Namely, there are two types of cholesterol:

  • Bad Cholesterol (LDL) – can increase the risk of heart diseases, stroke, and heart attacks;
  • Good Cholesterol (HDL) – much protective with a lower risk of cardiovascular issues.

Furthermore, several factors can cause high cholesterol levels, including:

  • Diet – excessive consumption of saturated fat and trans fat
  • Obesity – decreases the levels of good cholesterol
  • Lack of physical activity – reduces LDL in the blood
  • Age – the most susceptible age group is any age over 20
  • Genes – higher risk of LDL if this condition is present in the family history