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What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is carried through your blood. It comes from two places. Your liver and other cells in your body make 75% of your cholesterol. The other 25% comes from the food you eat. Cholesterol is only found in animal products like meat, fish, dairy and eggs.

High cholesterol is linked to health problems such as coronary heart disease, heart attacks and stroke. The doctor can check your cholesterol with a simple blood test. When the doctor checks your test results he will look at both your "good" cholesterol (HDL) and your "bad" cholesterol (LDL).

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