Cholesterol is typically associated with declining health, but did you know some cholesterol is actually good? We’ve broken down more information about this fat-like substance in your body, which was collected from Health Magazine’s video “5 Facts To Know About Your Cholesterol.”

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It comes from the food you eat, but what happens if you consume too much? Well, it will build up in the bloodstream, which results in clogged arteries. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, and it has many causes.

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According to Health Magazine's video, high cholesterol can be a result of genetics, diet, being overweight, and smoking.

How can you find out what your levels are? A test from your doctor, which is recommended every five years for people over the age of 20.

There are steps you can take to manage cholesterol if it reaches an unhealthy level. If it’s high, exercising and eating better can help lower it back down.

Want to know more about the workings of cholesterol in our bodies and how to manage it? Check out the video above.

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