There are a lot of things to keep track of when it comes to your health, one of which is your cholesterol levels. This information tells us how well the blood is circulating in our bodies and poor results can be an indicator that something with your health is not quite right.
While nearly 40-percent of American adults have high cholesterol, did you know that cholesterol can also be too low? That’s because there are different types of cholesterol that doctors are looking at. Here’s an explainer on cholesterol and how you can raise your good HDL levels.
What Is Cholesterol?
So, what is the purpose of cholesterol and how does it impact our health? Cholesterol is a waxy substance the body produces to build cells, make vitamins, and other necessary hormones.
The American Heart Association says you get cholesterol from two sources, the liver, and food that comes from animals. We need cholesterol to help blood circulate properly and lower the chance of developing cardiovascular diseases.