Cholesterol Advice

Cholesterol: What Is So Good About It? What Is So Bad About It?

Cholesterol is a fat produced by the liver and available in certain food products. It is needed for synthesizing vitamin D, certain hormones of your body, promoting biles that are needed for digesting food and building healthy cell walls.

If functions of cholesterol are quite essential to your body. Then why the name of it runs down a shiver through your spine?

Well, “ Too much of everything is bad ” aptly fits here. Cholesterol level in blood if rises beyond the limit, increases the risk of heart attack, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular ailments and pressure stroke. The liver produces enough of cholesterol (almost 900-1000 milligram a day) for the required functions performed by it inside the body.

The level of cholesterol rises if there is an additional supply of it in excessive amounts. The additional supply comes from the food we take; the animal products like eggs, meat and milk. However vegetables and fruits do not contain cholesterol.

If you are careless in your dietary habits risk to abnormal cholesterol levels accelerates in you. The risk increases with deposition of the fats in the blood vessels. They give rise to a number of diseases and sometimes they are fatal enough to take your life.

There are two types of cholesterol carriers in the body-- HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoprotein). The LDL is considered as bad cholesterol since it carries on fat through out the body without any purpose and the HDL is considered as the good cholesterol since it accumulates the fats back to the liver.

With rising LDL levels in the blood, there is more and more congregation of the fats in the lining of the blood vessels producing a substance called plague. The deposit levels increase day by day and thus there is low blood flow, a condition called “atherosclerosis”. The condition affects your arteries.

The clogging of the arteries give rise to a problem more commonly known as “coronary artery disease”, a condition that increases the risk of heart attack. This is a serious problem since a heart attack with a greater intensity can cause death. Besides the heart attack scenario, the deposition of the fats also weakens the blood circulation making your health fragile.

Though more often cholesterol is perceived as the vector for heart problems, yet it can be troublesome for the brain too. If the vessel supplying blood to the brain are blocked a condition called “cerebral vascular disease” is formed and a stroke may occur, taking you to coma.

The cholesterol level may also give rise to other problems like obesity, diabetes and fatigue. Improper blood circulation may catapult other complications.

Hence the level of cholesterol should be controlled for a healthier and disease free life. In fact you should check the level of your cholesterol at regular intervals.