Cholesterol is a substance that circulates in the blood, a natural fat present in any organism and essential for its correct function. However, high levels mean cholesterol accumulates on the walls of the arteries (atherosclerosis), which increases the risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. Both a balanced diet and moderate physical exercise help maintain control over cholesterol levels.

Hypercholesterolaemia in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
The risk factors associated with high cholesterol are smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, a sedentary lifestyle and close relatives who have had a cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke.
Cholesterol is a silent disease. In other words, you don’t notice any symptoms, until you do. So, it’s better to prevent. And, in general, giving up smoking, giving up drinking, doing everything that everyone says you should do for a healthy life.

Substantiated information by:

Antonio J. Amor Fernandez
Daniel Zambón Rados
Emilio Ortega Martinez de Victoria
Gemma Yago Esteban
Violeta Moize Arcone

Published: 2 October 2018
Updated: 2 October 2018


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