Cholesterol is a fatty substance that you need for normal functioning of the body’s cells, however it can become a problem if there is too much in the blood stream.
There are two types of cholesterol – high-density lipoproteins or HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) and low-density lipoproteins or LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol).
HDL is called ‘good’ cholesterol, as it helps to clear cholesterol build- up from your artery walls and protects against heart and blood vessel disease.
LDL is called ‘bad’ cholesterol because it clogs and narrows your arteries. High LDL cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart and blood vessel disease.
Your ideal cholesterol level will be determined by your doctor who will take into account any other risk factors.
Here at Seaforth Pharmacy we empower you with adequate knowledge and tools to take control of your health outcomes. This service allows you to find out about your total cholesterol level and would be a good starting point to action any health improving plans if required.