Jane H Update: fasted last night, blood test this morning, results next Thursday :)
Get your cholesterol checked with your doctor.
Why cholesterol matters ?
It is vital that we have enough cholesterol if our bodies are to work properly. But too much cholesterol can cause our arteries to become blocked, which increases our risk of heart disease and stroke.
Blocked arteries occur when excess cholesterol and other fatty substances attach themselves to the walls of the arteries, causing them to become narrower or 'furred up', meaning that blood cannot pass through as easily. Over time, partially blocked arteries also become hardened and inflamed, increasing the risk of breakage.
All this increases the risk of a range of vascular diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
High cholesterol itself doesn't cause any symptoms. This means that you could have high cholesterol and not know about it.
Get your Cholesterol checked Challenge rules
- Not all types of physical activity are suitable for everyone. Users take Challenges and training advice at their own personal risk.
“I had it checked today. Only the total cholesterol was measured and it was 3.5 mmol/L. I am very happy with that, except that it would have been a good challenge to try to lower it if it was too high.”
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Hideki T encouraged this.
Why not ask for some advice from other Challenge takers, or read some of the Challenge guides first?OK, I'll keep working at it!