icd10: E78.6

Cholesterol

A fat molecule that is white, insoluble and waxy. Furthermore, it is essential for many metabolic processes.
There are different types of cholesterol. For instance:
HDL is the ‘good’ type
LDL is the ‘bad’ type

Triglyceride is another type of fat found in the blood and forms part of the lipid profile that can contribute to heart disease.

Eating foods rich in saturated fats will increase the amount of LDL in the body, which is a risk factor for coronary heart disease. In addition, high triglycerides may contribute to the hardening of arteries or the thickening of artery walls.

Read More »