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Cholesterol overview

Cholesterol is one of the single biggest risk factors for coronary 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 cause abnormal levels. If changing your diet doesn't help, your doctor may prescribe medicine.

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Lowering cholesterol in new ways, potentially to unheard-of levels, was a big topic of discussion at this week's American Heart Association Scientific Sessions conference held in Chicago.

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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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