A measure of the fats in your blood (lipids). Consistently high cholesterol levels can lead to hardening of the arteries, stroke, and other serious medical conditions. Cholesterol is measured through a lipid panel and reported as a total as well as a measure of LDL "bad" cholesterol and HDL "good" cholesterol. Recommended cholesterol levels vary by age and gender.
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