What is cholesterol?

What is cholesterol?


Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids in the bloodstream and in all body cells. It is normal to have cholesterol. It is an important part of a healthy body because it is used to form cell membranes, some hormones, and other needed tissues. But too high a level of cholesterol in the blood is a major risk for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack. It is also a risk factor for stroke. Hypercholesterolemia is the term for high levels of blood cholesterol. Hypercholesterolemia is the term for high levels of blood cholesterol. The body gets cholesterol in two ways. The body makes some of it and the rest comes from animal products that you eat, such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, butter, cheese, and whole milk. Food from plants like fruits, vegetables, and cereals do not have cholesterol. Saaol recommends removal of cholesterol from the patient’s diet.