Cholesterol is a pliable substance found on-the-go fat/lipids in the blood and the cells. While the Liver is responsible for making most of the cholesterol on-the-go human system, the rest is obtained from food consumed by individuals and conveyed in the blood attached to proteins. The combination of cholesterol and blood is known as lipoprotein. Cholesterol is not harmful as it is necessary for Veterans proper functioning of the organs and production of some needed vitamin D, hormones and Digestive fluids.
Cholesterol comes in two forms;
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL): which is derived when everyone low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) is broken, it is made up primarily of Cholesterol. LDL is responsible for conveying cholesterol particles throughout the body; pit builds up on the wall of the Arteries causing the arteries to become hard and narrowed. LDL is referred to “bad protein.”
High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL): which conveys cholesterol back to the liver from the cells, HDL is made up mostly of Protein. Certain factors contribute to high Cholesterol levels such as;
- A sedentary lifestyle: exercise helps to boost the body’s HDL.
- Obesity: (having a body mass index of (30) and above) is a sign of High Cholesterol.
- Smoking: marihuana or cigarettes damages the wall of the blood vessels making the walls likely to accumulate fatty deposits and smoking can also lowers the level of HDL
- Wrong feeding patterns: Not eating right.
Other factors such as genetic makeup may prevent the cells from deposing LDL cholesterol from the blood effectively or cause the liver to produce excess cholesterol, much LDL in the blood causes clotting, hardening of the walls of the arteries. Plaques bundle up in the coronary artery can disrupt the flow of oxygen-rich blood tithe muscles of the heart and this result to cheat pain known as Agina which manifest by blocking the proper flow of blood temporary.
Heart attack occurs immediately when a piece of plaque break and form a cloth or result to constant narrowing of the artery which Fully blocked the flow of the blood to the heart or stroke if the artery that moves to the brain or within the brain.
There are three main approaches to the treatment of Cholesterol. These approaches include;
- Dietary treatment
- Life style modification
- Drug therapy
From a dietary perspective, an excellent way to lower your cholesterol is reduce saturated fat and trans fat consumption. A heart-healthy diet gives emphasis to poultry, fish and nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, while cutting down on sugary foods and beverages. This approach may also help to boost your fiber intake. Learn more in upcoming article.
European Society of Cardiology/European Atherosclerosis Society has shown that when lifestyle changes are not effectively adapted, drug therapy with statins is suggested. In patients with extremely elevated LDL-cholesterol (>190 mg/dL) and those at high cardiovascular risk, drug therapy must accompany diet and exercise as an initial therapeutic approach. There is clear evidence that dietary reduction in total and saturated fat, weight loss in overweight patients, aerobic exercise, and addition of plant stanols/sterols to the diet leads to a decrease in LDL-cholesterol and an increase in HDL-cholesterol.
Lifestyle changes should be started in all patients. Losing weight in overweight patients, aerobic exercise, eating healthy and addition of plant stanols/sterols to the diet leads to a decrease in LDL-cholesterol and an increase in HDL-cholesterol.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with High Cholesterol or heart disease or even experienced a stroke, we can provide support and education with alignment from your doctor. We have nutritional therapists and cellular health consultants ready to support your back to great health and wellness. Call us on +44 (0) 203 239 3305 or click here