Factsheets

Calculating cholesterol

Find a summary of the different blood fats and how to work out the amounts of LDL in the blood from total and HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Cholesterol and triglyceride levels conversion

How to convert cholesterol and triglycerides to and from mmol/L, as used in the UK, to mg/dl as used in Europe and the USA.

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Cholesterol and lipoproteins

This factsheet explains how cholesterol is transported around the body in lipoproteins. It explains the different amounts of lipoproteins, and healthy levels in the blood.

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Ezetimibe

Information on the ezetimibe, a medicine which lowers cholesterol. Find out how it works, who can take it, the research around it and the side effects.

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Fats explained

Most foods contain some fat. Here we explain the differences between dietary fats (good and bad fats) and explain how they affect your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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Fish

Eating fish has consistently been associated with a reduced risk of circulatory disease such as stroke and fatal heart attack.

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For good cholesterol levels

All the essential changes you can make to your diet to lower your cholesterol, such as eating enough fruits, vegetables and wholegrains.

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Genetics

An explanation of genetic testing, things to think about before having a genetics test and what the results can mean.

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Medicines for lowering blood fats

Information on the three main prescriptions for lowering cholesterol – statins, ezetimibe and PCSK9 inhibitors.

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Pregnancy and blood fats

The levels of cholesterol, and triglycerides, naturally increase during pregnancy. Learn more in this factsheet.

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 Risk factors for coronary heart disease

Learn what raises the risk of heart disease and what you can do to lower it.

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South Asian diet and cholesterol

People from a South Asian background have a higher risk of developing heart disease and some traditional foods can play a part. Get advice on lowering your risk.

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