when the cholesterol content is high in the food that we intake, the chances of getting attacked with heart diseases is more. Cholesterol is a type of fat that transfers through blood and sticks to the walls of arteries there by increasing the risk of heart diseases.
It is suggested to know the total cholesterol content in the body by measuring LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides. According to a medical survey, it was reported that every 1 out of 2 Americans have high cholesterol content in the body.
The cholesterol amount in the body varies with age of person, it was recored that individuals aged above 50 years have 62% cholesterol, 50% cholesterol is present in people aged in mid 40's and the percentage of cholesterol is 20% in the teens aged below 20 years.
In general cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter and if the person has more than 240 mg/DL of cholesterol, the chance of heart disease is very high.