What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance.(19) The body makes most of its cholesterol, but some also comes from animal-based foods we eat, such as dairy, eggs, butter, meat, bacon and full-fat ice cream?(20) Avoid these high-fat products and eat foods high in soluble fiber, such as whole grain cereals, fruits and legumes, which help prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol?(21)
Cholesterol raises your risk for heart and blood vessel disease.
There are two kinds of cholesterol in your blood:“good” and “bad.”
Bad (LDL) cholesterol sticks to the inside of your blood vessels and narrows them.
Good cholesterol (HDL) helps your body get rid of some of the bad cholesterol and protects you from heart and blood vessel disease?(22)
Triglycerides are another type of fat in your body that are used for energy. High triglycerides raise your risk for heart attacks and strokes. (23)
Cholesterol Targets (24)
|Total Cholesterol||Less than 200 mg/dL|
|LDL||Lessthan 100 mg/dL|
|HDL||60 mg/dL or higher|
|Triglycerides||Less than 150 mg/dL|