Most cholesterol in the body is made in the liver and is necessary for good health. But some forms of cholesterol can cause several health issues, including damage to the liver.
Cholesterol is a fatty molecule that is found in some foods as well as being made in the liver.
There are two primary forms of cholesterol, one that is useful to the body, and one that can build up and cause health problems.
What are healthy levels of cholesterol?
High-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) are the two main types of cholesterol.
Scientists measure levels of cholesterol in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) of blood.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the following as healthy levels of cholesterol:
LDL should be less than 100 mg/dL
HDL should be 40 mg/dL or higher