Blood cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made by your liver. Blood cholesterol is essential for good health. Your body needs it to perform important jobs, such as making hormones and digesting fatty foods.
Your body makes all the blood cholesterol it needs, which is why experts recommend that people eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible while on a healthy eating plan.
Dietary cholesterol is found in animal foods, including meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.
Preventing High Cholesterol
- Make healthy eating choices
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Regular physical activity
- Quit smoking
- Limit alcohol
Managing High Cholesterol
- Take your medicine as directed
- Make healthy lifestyle changes
- Talk with your healthcare team
- Check your cholesterol regularly
Many people are required to take medication to manage their high cholesterol. This video explains why these medications are prescribed and how they help manage your cholesterol levels. If you have additional questions or concerns about your cholesterol, talk with your provider today.