Two thirds of the UK population suffer from a cholesterol level that is above 5mmol/l. While we all like to think that we are taking care of ourselves the statistics can tell a different story. More than 6mmol/l is considered high but government guidelines suggest a target level below 5mmol/l. Men on average have a level of 5.5mmol/l and women 5.6mmol/l.
Cholesterol is a lipid (fat). It is manufactured by the liver from the fatty foods we eat and it is vital for the normal functioning of the body. It is carried by molecules called lipoproteins in the blood to where it is needed.
There are three types of cholesterol in the blood. Keeping the total level under 5 and the right balance between the three types is the best way to maintain a healthy level. Our pharmacist can give you more information if you need it.
We can measure your cholesterol level accurately in our pharmacy during a short and painless consultation. Please ask our pharmacy team for information.