Were you looking for information about Cholesterol? Cholestrol is a common misspelling of cholesterol.
Cholesterol is a substance that helps your body hold cells together and produce vitamin D, hormones, and substances that digest foods. It is made by the body in the liver and is also found in animal products such as meat and butter. You will not find it in anything that comes from a plant.
While some cholesterol is necessary, too much of it can cause serious health problems. For example, having high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, which is a condition that over 500,000 Americans die from each year.
The only way to determine your level of this substance is to have a blood cholesterol test. A total cholesterol level less than 200 mg/dL is ideal.
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