I was invited for a health check at my doctors surgery,thought I would go along. I know I am 2-3 stone overweight, and have an under active thyroid along with two of my sisters. I had a big shock when my cholesterol reading was 7.1 I work outdoors. I thought I was fairly fit. Have to go for fasting b/t in two weeks. Meanwhile I have started my healthy eating plan. I am a bit scared by this wake up call. I don't smoke or drink, and I am 55. Please tell me I will be able reduce my cholesterol. I know my downfall is sweet stuff.