The Facts on High Cholesterol

By on March 21, 2013
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Contents: 10 causes of high cholesterol, The High Cholesterol Foods To Avoid and the Top 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance your body needs to rebuild its cells and to make certain hormones. It’s carried throughout your body in your bloodstream. Your body only requires a small amount of cholesterol.

When there’s too much cholesterol in your bloodstream, you have high cholesterol. This is quite a common condition. Cholesterol levels generally rise with age. High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.

Most of your body’s cholesterol (about 80%) is made in your liver. The rest comes from your diet. Dietary cholesterol is found in foods from animal sources, such as eggs, meats, and dairy products. There are two important types of cholesterol you should know about:

  • low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol
  • high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol

Most of the LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol circulates in the blood and remains unused. Normally, the liver removes this “extra” cholesterol, but many people have more LDL cholesterol than the liver can handle. LDL cholesterol promotes buildup of harmful plaque (fatty deposits) in the walls of the arteries.

HDL gets its “good” name by picking up LDL cholesterol from the arteries and tissues and carrying it back to the liver, where it can be broken down.

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Top 10 causes of high cholesterol

1.Unhealthy Diet

Consumption of saturated fat can cause high cholesterol. Saturated fat is found in food that is high in cholesterol and fat. These are foods like red fatty meat, butter, cheese, cakes, ghee etc. Avoid or limit the intake of food items with saturated fat.

2. Hereditary Factors

If there is a family history of high cholesterol, then maybe it is a reason for you to start worrying.  The inherited form of high cholesterol may lead to early blockages or stroke.

3. Being Over-Weight

Obesity or even simply being overweight is another cause of high cholesterol. Besides, damaging your social life, it increases triglycerides which further cause blockages. Hence, maintain your weight to ward off the risk of high cholesterol.

4. Laziness

People who spend their life sitting or lying the whole day are at a huge risk of high cholesterol. An active life can lower triglycerides and also help you maintain your weight.

5. Smoking

Cigarette smoking plays a significant role in your cholesterol level. It lowers the level of good cholesterolas well as your lifespan. Therefore, quit smoking to maintain your cholesterol level and live healthily.

6. Age and Gender

The level of cholesterol naturally begins to rise, as you turn 20. Level of cholesterol usually increases until the age of 60-65 years, in both genders.

Females generally have low cholesterol level before menopause.

But after menopause, women can have higher level of cholesterol than men. Hence as, you age maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet.

7. Medicines

Some medicines can increase the level of triglycerides. Thus, before popping a pill, consult your doctor.

8. Alcohol

Consuming alcohol regularly can damage liver and heart muscles, which leads to high blood pressure and causes the level of cholesterol in the body to rise.

9. Stress

When people are stressed they usually console themselves by smoking, drinking alcohol or eating fatty food items. Hence, prolonged stress may cause blood cholesterol to increase.

10. Diseases

Certain diseases like diabetes and hypothyroidism increase the level of cholesterol in the body.

For this reason, carry out a medical examination regularly, to keep your cholesterol level under control.

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5 Comments

  1. Venugopal

    March 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

    good information

  2. mohan

    September 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing information its too gud for the new generation

  3. narayanan kutty.

    September 12, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Your useful information is a caution to the benevolence…

  4. naufal

    September 12, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    gooooooooooooooood

  5. sadanandan

    January 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    DRINK MORE AND MORE WATER. IT WILL EXPAND AND INCREASE THE FLEXIBILITY OF BLOOD VESSELS. THIS EXTRA WATER WILL REMAIN IN BLOOD FOR TWO HOURS AND LATER ON DRAINED OUT AS URINE. (TRY TO UNDERSTAND THIS CONCEPT WELL.) PLEASE (r) PLEASE FREE THE CHOLESTEROL FROM THE PRISON OF MODERN MEDICAL SCIENCE.

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