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  • Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance found in your blood. There are two main types: ‘good’ cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein; HDL) and ‘bad’ cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein; LDL).
  • Triglycerides are another type of fat found in the blood which can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • To reduce your levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, follow a heart-healthy eating pattern. This means choosing a variety of fresh and unprocessed foods, and limiting unhealthy fats, salt and added sugar.
  • A heart-healthy eating pattern is high in wholegrains, fibre, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats.
  • Have your cholesterol and triglycerides checked by your doctor regularly. For people aged 45 years and over, you can have your cholesterol checked as part of a Heart Health Check. For Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples, you should have your cholesterol checked from age 18 years.

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Reviewed on: 07-03-2022