High Cholesterol

There are two sources of cholesterol: cholesterol made by the body and dietary cholesterol.

Cholesterol is made in your liver. Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones and digest fatty foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs.

Dietary cholesterol is in animal foods, such as egg yolks, fatty meats, and regular cheese. In general, foods that are high in dietary cholesterol are also high in saturated fat. The foods you eat play a role in your risk of high cholesterol, but your overall risk depends on many factors. Learn what raises your risk for high cholesterol.

Preventive measures

• Nutrition.

• Eat a healthy diet. A diet high in saturated fat and cholesterol can increase your blood cholesterol.

• Read the labels and avoid foods high in saturated and trans fats.

Know your numbers

Get a lipid panel at the Wichita Falls–Wichita County Public Health Department.

• Get tested at your doctor’s office.

(Source: CDC)

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