What is cholesterol? Is it bad?

Cholesterol is essential for building cells in your body. However, having too much cholesterol circulating can lead to the build up of fatty plaques (atheroma) in your coronary arteries. To find out more about cholesterol see the British Heart Foundation pages here.
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Why is blood pressure important?

People with high blood pressure (hypertension) are at increased risk of heart attack, heart failure and stroke. When blood pressure is raised the heart has to work harder. In response, the heart muscle gradually gets larger (rather like weight training in a gym builds muscles). People can have high blood pressure for a long time before it’s picked up – often there are no symptoms. For more information see:

British Heart Foundation – Blood Pressure information

Blood Pressure Association

British Hypertension Society

Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland

High Blood Pressure Foundation

Can a fat belly cause diabetes?

Yes it can.

For more information, visit activefat.org.uk