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Cholesterol levels - what is normal and when are they too high?

Dr Louisa Draper

"It’s normal for cholesterol levels to rise slightly as you get older and women tend to have higher HDL than men. In the UK, the average total cholesterol level is 5.7mmol/l."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is needed for the normal functioning of the body. Although we need some cholesterol, having too much of it can affect your health.

Having high cholesterol levels doesn’t usually cause any symptoms, but it can increase your risk of certain health problems.