Too much of a good thing is bad for you. This is true of cholesterol. Why do some people have trouble with high cholesterol and some people don’t? Here is a look at the causes of high cholesterol and some tip son managing it.
What are the health risks associated with high levels of cholesterol?
The major problem is the narrowing of the arteries due to the accumulation of LDL cholesterol on the artery walls. This reduces blood flow to the heart muscle or the brain. A blood clot can get stuck in a narrow artery, causing a heart attack or a stroke. Your risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis is increased if you have high blood cholesterol.
What is the purpose of cholesterol if it can silently kill me?
* The body needs it to metabolize fat soluble vitamins. This is why the focus should be on managing and balancing cholesterol, not eliminating it.
* Cells need it to build and keep cell membranes working properly. Cellular health is extremely important. Cholesterol medications, like statins, leads to the depletion of Coenzyme Q10, another crucial component in cellular health and energy.
* It is used for the production of various hormones as well as bile.
* The production of vitamin D depends on enough cholesterol being available. Vitamin D is somewhat of an orphan among the vitamins, with many people not attaching nearly the significance to it that they do to the “superstar vitamins” like A and C. However, vitamin D is necessary across a wide spectrum, including bone, organ and immune health. Recent studies even suggest that vitamin D provides protection against Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
What causes high cholesterol?
It can be caused by factors that can be changed or by factors that cannot be changed. There is not much you can do if you have hereditary cholesterol issues, apart from focusing on the things that you can change: lifestyle choices.
* Alcohol abuse lowers good HDL cholesterol while increasing arterial plaque forming LDL cholesterol. Moderate consumption of certain alcohols, like red wine, can in fact improve heart health. Overindulgence is bad for you.
* Smoking tobacco increases LDL levels and is generally bad for heart health since it raises heart rate and blood pressure.
* Obesity has a bad effect on the ratio between HDL and LDL cholesterol. Of course, obesity causes a lot more problems than just cholesterol issues, but it remains a condition you can fairly easily do something about, with massive benefits to your health.
* Regular moderate exercise may improve your cholesterol profile and lower health risks.
* Diabetes can increase levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, therefore it is important to manage diabetes with medication, exercise and dietary changes.
The causes of high cholesterol that you cannot change are listed below:
* You may inherit a genetic profile from your family tree that increases your chances of developing hypercholesterolaemia, which causes your LDL levels to be abnormally high.
* Your risk of atherosclerosis increases with age and men usually have higher cholesterol levels than women.
What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
Living a healthier lifestyle can make a difference to your total cholesterol if you do not suffer from a hereditary cholesterol problem. This is the place to start:
* Do not drink alcohol or limit it to one drink per day.
* Quit smoking by doing a smoking cessation program.
* A combination of exercise and correct diet can help to improve your cholesterol and it may also reduce your waistline.
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