Nearly half of us have cholesterol levels higher than recommended: Ways to lower your

If you’ve got raised cholesterol, the first symptom you get could be a heart attack or stroke 

That’s the scary reality of this fatty substance in our blood, which we actually need to stay healthy, because every cell in our body uses it 

But too much of it can lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular problems, like heart attacks and strokes 

The British Heart Foundation ( estimates that close to half of UK adults have cholesterol levels above national guidelines 

Too much cholesterol in your blood can clog your arteries and lead to heart attack and stroke 

Yet if people don’t have chest pain or palpitations and feel fine, they often assume they have nothing to worry about 

Heart UK recommends you cut down on saturated fats and replace some with unsaturated fats – vegetable oils