Cholesterol

Human Body

About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a lipid (fat) found in the bloodstream of all animals and can only be found in animal products. It is a waxy-fat feeling substance that cant dissolve in water.Particles of cholesterol formed in the liver called lipoproteins, they help move the cholesterol through the body. Our bodies already make most of the cholesterol that we need to live. The liver makes 80% and the 20% left comes from the food we ingest. There are 2 types of cholesterol HDL and LDL. HDL is considered as the good cholesterol and stands for High Density Lipoprotein. LDL is considered the bad cholesterol and stands for Low Density Lipoprotein.Treatment for maintaining a healthy cholesterol level is to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle and exercising on a regular basis but there are also medications such as citorvastatin, fluvastati, rosuvastatin and simvastatin.

function of cholesterol

  • Creates the hormones known as estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, aldosterone and cortisone
  • Produces vitamin D
  • Produces stomach bile which helps with the digestion as well absorption of vitamins
  • Supports maintain the cell membrane by making human cell membranes
  • Is extremely important for some functions of the brain such as memories.

Foods with High Cholesterol

  • Egg yolks

  • Liver

  • Fish

  • Fast food

  • Butter

  • Shell fish

  • Shrimp

  • Bacon

  • Sausages

  • Red meat

  • Cheese

  • Pastries

Fun Facts


  • Cholesterol is a steroid lipid (fat) found in the blood of all animals and is only found in animal products.
  • Cholesterol is a waxy-fat like substance that does not dissolve in water.
  • Particles formed in the liver called lipoproteins help transport cholesterol through the body.
  • Our bodies already manufacture most of the cholesterol that we need
  • The liver makes 80% of the cholesterol and the 20% left comes from the food we ingest.
  • There are 2 types of cholesterol HDL and LDL. HDL is considered as the good cholesterol and stands for High Density Lipoprotein. LDL is considered the bad cholesterol and stands for Low Density Lipoprotein.
  • Treatment for maintaining a healthy cholesterol level is to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle and exercising on a regular basis but there are also medications such as citorvastatin, fluvastati, rosuvastatin and simvastatin.