Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) in your blood.
If you have too much cholesterol, it builds up in
Cholesterol is measured by a blood test (lipid
panel) and here are the ideal results:
- Total cholesterol, less than 200 mg/dL
- HDL “healthy” cholesterol, 40mg/dL or higher
- LDL cholesterol, less than 100 mg/dL
- Triglycerides, less than 150 mg/dL
Many things can cause high cholesterol, including:
- Eating too much saturated fat and trans fat
- Being overweight and being inactive.
- Age. Cholesterol starts to rise after age 20.
- Family history