Did you know that people with high levels of cholesterol have about twice the risk of heart disease? High levels of lipids in the bloodstream is called dyslipidaemia. It means that there is too much fat in the blood. Be careful, fat build up starts early in life. When levels are too high, fat can lodge in the vessels, leading to a blockage. It increases the risk of stroke and heart attacks. In combination with physical exercise, you need a healthy diet. Here is some advice you should follow: Cut down on processed meats. Reduce full-fat dairy products. Make friends with fibre. And go veggie at least once a week. Remember, any food not used will be stored as body fat! Added to a healthy lifestyle, your doctor may prescribe medication to reduce the risk of increased cholesterol. So, don’t wait, have your cholesterol checked!