Knowing the facts about cholesterol can reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke. But understanding what cholesterol is and how it affects your health are only the beginning.
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found among the lipids (fats) in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells Cholesterol and other fats can't dissolve in the blood. They have to be transported to and from the cells by special carriers called lipoproteins. There are several kinds, but the ones to focus on are low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Start by getting your annual check-ups and following your doctor's advice. You may also want to take some time to purchase one or more of these informative books to learn how you can take control of your health and live a much healthier life.