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Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in all parts of your body.
It helps form cell membranes and helps your body make some hormones and vitamin D.
Excess cholesterol can build up in the arteries, narrowing them and slowing or
blocking blood flow to the heart, brain, and other organs.
Depending on your results your doctor may tell you to have the test more often. The best blood test to check cholesterol is a lipoprotein profile. This is done after you fast for 9 to 12 hours. A lipoprotein is a substance in the blood that carries cholesterol and other fats to the body's cells. The most important lipoproteins are:
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