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Cholesterol overview

Having high cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease, the UK’s biggest cause of death. Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) made by the body. It’s essential for good health but high levels may increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sometimes high cholesterol runs in families, but an unhealthy diet can also cause abnormal levels. If changing your diet doesn't help, your doctor may prescribe medication.

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Lowered cholesterol may increase diabetes risk

A new study shows that a slight increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes while being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may not be due to taking the medication. In fact, it may be a result of having lowered cholesterol.

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Facts about cholesterol

Cholesterol can be confusing. How can you tell bad cholesterol from good cholesterol, and how can you reduce bad cholesterol levels? Get the facts on cholesterol.

Can you burn off cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of lipid, just as fats are. However, unlike fat, cholesterol can't be exercised off, sweated out or burned for energy. It is found only in animal products, including meat, chicken, fish, eggs, organ meats and high-fat dairy products.

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