Did you know that almost 1 in 2 adults in the UK have high cholesterol?
Take action during Heart Month to reduce your risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases.
- Know and understand your cholesterol levels - explore the section below
- Take appropriate action
- Take on a Heart Month challenge to improve your heart health and raise funds
- Share this page and our social media posts #heartmonth
What is high cholesterol?
We all need some cholesterol in our blood to stay healthy, but too much can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
Cholesterol levels can be affected by several factors including lifestyle, diet, genetics and health conditions such as diabetes. Anyone can have high cholesterol, even if you are young, slim, eat well and exercise because it can be a genetic condition.
Cholesterol can clog up the arteries that carry blood around the body, making them narrower and causing blood clots. If the arteries become clogged up, the blood does not flow as easily and this can lead to a range of cardiovascular diseases. The image to the right shows how fatty deposits can narrow the artery.
High cholesterol is very common, but most people don't know they have it because it doesn't usually have any symptoms. That's why everyone should have a cholesterol check.
There are treatments available for high cholesterol, but it's usually possible to lower cholesterol naturally with healthy lifestyle changes.
Change your diet
The Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan© is your personalised plan for healthy cholesterol. It lowers cholesterol while giving you freedom to choose foods you like and build a diet that works for you.
Join in our Challenge 46
Tragically, 460 people die from heart and circulatory disease each day in the UK.
We have taken the number 46 and created a flexible challenge that you can take and personalise to your own goal to help make a change to this.
For example, run or walk 46 miles, swim 46 lengths, do 46 random acts of kindness, 46 push-ups or sits-ups a day. There is no limit to where you can take it!
Utilise those wonderful imaginations and create something to get people talking about Heart Month this February and raise vital funds for people with high cholesterol.
*PLEASE NOTE: By completing the challenge you are doing this at your own risk and the charity cannot be held responsible for any injury caused.
Take our mini quiz - how much do you know about cholesterol?
Test your knowledge with our mini quiz and get a free download of our Easy Mini-Guide to Cholesterol with loads of helpful tips, heart-healthy recipes and information about how to get your cholesterol levels checked, what the results mean and how to keep a healthier cholesterol level.