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8 Apr 2015

cholesterol and your health

Cholesterol is both our friend and foe - at normal levels, it is an essential substance for the body's normal functioning, but if levels in the blood get too high, it becomes a silent danger that puts us at risk of a heart attack. 

 Good and Bad Cholesterol

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What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is found in every cell of the body and has important natural functions. It is manufactured by the body but can also be taken in from food. It is waxy and fat-like in appearance.
Cholesterol is oil-based and so does not mix with the blood, which is water-based. It is therefore carried around the body in the blood by lipoproteins.
       *  it helps in building new cells
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       * it helps in insulating the nerves.

.      * it heips in producing hormones.

The parcels of cholesterol are carried by two types of lipoprotein:

    1,    High-density lipoprotein(HDL)helps to transport cholesterol to the liver where it is processed and expelled in the bile.

    2,     Low-density lipoprotein(LDL) tends to remain in the blood stream and it is usually depositedin the walls of the cardiovascular organs.its association with the walls of the heart and arteries has been implicated in many cardiovascular diseases
cholesterol building up in the artery
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL - cholesterol carried by this type is known as 'bad' cholesterol)
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL - cholesterol carried by this type is known as 'good' cholesterol).
      Cholesterol has four main functions
  • Contributes to the structure of cell walls 
  • Makes up digestive bile acids in the intestine
  • Allows the body to produce vitamin D
  • Enables the body to make certain hormones.

Dementia health also affected by cholesterol levels. The balance of LDL and HDL cholesterol levels is important not just for heart health but for brain health too, according to a December 2013 study. The research, published in JAMA Neurology, found that control of cholesterol reduced the brain plaques linked to Alzheimer's disease.
High cholesterol linked to infertility - prospective parents with high cholesterol levels could be in for a long wait to become pregnant,
Study links high LDL cholesterol to aortic valve disease - a study published in JAMA claims to have found evidence to support a causal association between high levels of "bad" cholesterol and aortic valve stenosis - a form of aortic valve disease in which the valve is narrowed, restricting blood flow from the heart.

A high level of cholesterol in the blood does not  have obvious symptoms but they are often associated with  cases such as obesity,diabetes,impotence,angina,high blood presure(HBP),heart diseases etc
        Foods for good cholesterol
  • Soya foods  - soya milk, soya desserts, soya nuts, edamame beans 
  • Nuts - 
  • Oats and barley - providing the soluble fiber beta glucan
  • Plant sterols/stanols - found in a wide range of foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Foods rich in unsaturated fats - for example, canola and vegetable oils.

    What causes high(bad) cholesterol?

    High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia is also known as hyperlipidemia and dyslipidemia. It is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, a cause of heart attacks, and reducing blood lipid levels lowers the cardiovascular risk.
    High levels of LDL lead to a build-up of cholesterol in the arteries, whereas HDL carries cholesterol to the liver for removal from the body. A build-up of cholesterol forms part of the process that narrows arteries, called atherosclerosis, in which plaques form and cause restriction of blood flow.
    Two types of cause lead to high cholesterol levels - modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors. The major two risk factors are highly modifiable - something can be done to change them:
    • By taking a enough supplements.
    • Exercise and weight.
    Limiting intake of fat in the diet helps manage cholesterol levels, limiting foods, in particular, that contain:
    bad cholesterol food

    Meat, cheese and egg yolks are sources of cholesterol.
    • Cholesterol (from animal foods, such as egg yolks, meat and cheese)
    • Saturated fat (found in some meats, dairy products, chocolate, baked goods, and deep-fried and processed foods)
    • Trans fat (found in some fried and processed foods).
       Fast facts on cholesterol

    Cholesterol is an essential substance that is produced by the body but is also available from foods.
    The greatest risk factors for high cholesterol are modifiable lifestyle choices - diet and exercise. 
    High cholesterol levels can be inherited with the genetic condition, familial hypercholesterolemia.
    Having high cholesterol does not produce any symptoms.
    Cholesterol levels should be blood-tested once every five years.
    First-line ways to reduce cholesterol involve lifestyle changes.
    If lifestyle changes are unsuccessful or cholesterol levels are very high, lipid-lowering drugs such as statins may be prescribed.
    High cholesterol levels are an important contributor in the calculation of an individual's risk of having a heart attack within the next ten years.

    Signs and symptoms of high cholesterol

    Having high cholesterol levels, while a risk factor for other conditions, does not itself present any signs or symptoms. Unless routinely screened through regular blood testing, high cholesterol levels will go unnoticed and could present a silent threat of heart attack or stroke.

    Prevention of cholesterol
     1,high fibre natural food supplements.
    2,Adopt a diet low in fat(discipline your taste)
    3,control your weight.

    Supplements for cholesterol.

    Forver Fibre.
    Arctic Sea.
    Aloe Vera
    Bits n Peaches

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