'High cholesterol' is a phrase that probably sets alarm bells ringing. It's a term that's been linked almost exclusively with bad health although, in actual fact, the truth is a little more complicated. There are two types of cholesterol - LDL (low density lipoproteins) cholesterol, the 'bad' one, and HDL (high density lipoproteins) cholesterol, the 'good' one – and they both perform very different functions. Indeed if you hear that someone is having trouble with their cholesterol levels, then they probably have too much of the LDL variety. HDL cholesterol is actually very healthy and actively removes its bad relative from the arteries and bloodstream through the liver's bile function.
Take a look at our infographic below to find out a bit more information regarding cholesterol and its effect. You can also find out more detailed information from our high cholesterol page.