How can it be harmful?
When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes “hardening of the arteries” so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. This may cause chest pain or even a heart attack.
Does it have any visible symptoms?
High blood cholesterol itself does not cause symptoms, so many people are unaware of their high cholesterol level. It is important to get tested and find out your cholesterol numbers.
What affects cholesterol levels?
- Diet: Saturated fat and cholesterol in food may increase your cholesterol level
- Weight: Being overweight increases your cholesterol level
- Physical activity: Regular physical activity can help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol
Know your desired numbers:
- Total cholesterol: < 200 mg/dL
- LDL (bad cholesterol): < 100 mg/dL
- HDL (good cholesterol): ≥ 60 mg/dL
- Triglycerides—Levels that are 150 mg/dL or higher may necessitate treatment
How do you find out what your numbers are?
See a doctor today and ask for your critical health numbers to be screened. Getting a blood test called a 'fasting lipoprotein profile' will give information about your lipids (total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglycerides).
Dyslipidemia refers to the abnormal levels of lipids in the blood
Dyslipidemia is the most common risk factor of cardiovascular disease in the UAE, recorded in nearly three out of every four outpatients.