Here’s a shocking statistic: 73 million Americans have high cholesterol, but only one in two are being treated.
Your body actually needs cholesterol to function properly and your liver produces all the cholesterol your body needs. It’s when you get too much cholesterol — or not enough of the good cholesterol — from foods like dairy, meat or trans fat, that your risk for certain conditions increases.
High cholesterol puts you at twice the risk for heart disease and stroke, and it doesn’t cause any symptoms. The only way to know your cholesterol levels is to visit your doctor for a blood test.
In this short video, NOH physician Linda (Spinelli) DiLisi tells you more about high cholesterol and how to treat it.