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.

Substantiated information by:

Antonio J. Amor
Daniel Zambón
Emilio Ortega
Gemma Yago
Violeta Moizé

Published: 2 October 2018
Updated: 2 October 2018


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