High Cholesterol & Obesity1

What most people call high cholesterol is a condition in which three important fats found in your bloodstream go out of balance:

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have high cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor for stroke and heart disease, as well as diabetes.

Fortunately, a lot can be done to bring these risks down and get your cholesterol to where it should be, including:

1. American Heart Association Web site, accessed September 13, 2011 at http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/UnderstandYourRiskforHighBloodPressure/