Cholesterol plays a significant role in the body where it is involved in the production and formation of cells membranes, sex hormones, and Vitamin D among many other vital products. However, a high level of cholesterol can cause plaque buildup in the blood which raises the risks of coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke. Unfortunately, a person with high cholesterol will not be able to detect any symptoms of this condition without a blood test. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death, whereas stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the USA. High cholesterol may be a result of genetics, but often it is the product of an unhealthy lifestyle. Fortunately, adopting a healthier lifestyle that includes a balanced diet, and daily exercise can effectively lower cholesterol and its associated risks.
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