A high blood cholesterol level is defined by elevated levels of LDL (low density lipoproteins) and/or lowered levels of HDLs (high-density lipoproteins). LDLs encourage the deposit of cholesterol in the arteries and HDLs carry the cholesterol away back to the liver to be eliminated. A major factor in developing heart disease, high cholesterol levels are greatly influenced and affected by genetics and diet.
Symptoms May Include:
- No obvious symptoms exhibit with high cholesterol but testing can be done to read LDL and HDL levels. Readings are done as total levels of both HDL and LDL. A reading of less than 200 is considered safe. 200-239 is borderlines. 240+ is considered high risk.