High cholesterol can be developed in people of all ages. Recently 46-year-old TV presenter Emma Willis found out she had high cholesterol which she recently discussed in the Express.
One of our newest customers, Peter, 38 from Falkirk in Scotland said:
"I don't think I ever really thought about cholesterol or how important it is to our health. I just assumed that because I'm young and relatively healthy, my levels would be fine. So finding out they weren't was quite a shock."
As we go down the path of life, it's important to get checked for high cholesterol.
High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your bloodstream.
This is mainly caused by several factors: eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. It can also be hereditary an run in families.
You can lower your cholesterol by eating healthily and getting more exercise. Some people also need to take medicine called statins.
Too much cholesterol can block your blood vessels. It makes you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke.
High cholesterol does not cause symptoms. You can only find out if you have it from a blood test.
Your blood cholesterol level can be affected by your diet, how much physical activity you do, your weight, your genes and other health conditions and if you have high cholesterol, it means that you're more likely to get heart disease.
Protect your heart and why not get out for a walk in the summer sun, you'll not only get some Vitamin D, but your body will also benefit from movement.