Malouf Manly Pharmacy
32% of Australians have high cholesterol, so it’s important that you monitor yours – even if you’re fit and healthy.
It takes less than 10 minutes, and Malouf Manly Pharmacy currently provides cholesterol testing in-store.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol has a reputation for being dangerous to our health and coming from fatty foods. But in actual fact, cholesterol is a type of fat produced in the liver that’s essential for our body to function. It works to keep our cells protected, plays an important role in producing hormones, helps absorb important fats we need, and assists in producing vitamin D.
This good form of cholesterol is called High Density Lipoprotein (or HDL) and our body can produce all that it needs. However, the bad form of cholesterol (Low Density Lipoprotein, or LDL) can lead to serious health problems.
Why cholesterol health is so important
Cardiovascular disease includes stroke, heart disease, high blood pressure and the narrowing or clogging of the blood vessels or arteries that can lead to severe chest pain (commonly referred to as angina) or a heart attack. A number of factors can affect your likelihood of suffering from heart disease, including your level of physical activity, high blood pressure or blood cholesterol, smoking, and your weight.
High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) can cause blood vessels to become narrow or even blocked, which can lead to extremely high risk of heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
Bad cholesterol comes mainly from eating fatty foods. But, like cholesterol, there are good and bad types of fat. Bad types (saturated fats) clog our arteries and raise the level of bad cholesterol. And ugly fats (trans fats) increase levels of bad cholesterol, and deplete our body of good cholesterol.
Call in-store at Malouf Manly Pharmacy www.maloufpharmacy.com.au 15 The Corso, Manly, NSW 2095 PH 02 99771029 and get your Cholesterol Health Check. No appointment necessary.