Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s present in every cell in the body and is required to produce vitamin D, hormones, and digestive substances. While cholesterol is essential for the body to function, your body creates all of the cholesterol that it requires.
High cholesterol is a condition that occurs when cholesterol levels in the blood are elevated. 28 million adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol, which is defined as cholesterol levels that are higher than 240 mg/dL. Unfortunately, high cholesterol increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis (the narrowing of the arteries), among other serious conditions. (more…)