WHAT OTHER FACTORS DETERMINE BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVEL?
A high intake of saturated fat, as well as excess calories leading to obesity can increase blood cholesterol levels. Your heredity, physical activity, and age also influence your risk for developing high blood cholesterol. WHY IS CHOLESTEROL IMPORTANT TO HEALTH? Elevated cholesterol levels are linked to increased risk for heart and vascular disease, such as heart attacks and strokes. There is also evidence that high fat diets increase the risk of certain cancers, such as uterine and colon. The good news is that there is substantial evidence that lowering cholesterol levels greatly reduces these risks. WHAT DO CHOLESTEROL NUMBERS MEAN? Total cholesterol includes measurement of several different fractions: HDL, LDL and Triglycerides. There are different proteins that carry cholesterol in the blood. LDL (“bad cholesterol”) deposits cholesterol in the arteries and leads to heart and blood vessel disease. HDL (“good cholesterol”) helps carry the fat and cholesterol away from arteries to the