Saturday, April 18, 2015

What is Cholesterol

Today I want to talk about something that is very serious. Can be called a silent killer if people aren't aware of it.
What is Cholesterol : eAskme
What is Cholesterol : eAskme
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So what is it? That can slowly affect our lives so badly? Cholesterol. But we can not live without cholesterol. Problem is with LDL (low density lipoprotein). High levels of LDL fats is dangerous to our health.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance that is fatty. Very essential to the human body. Its most basic need is for production of hormones. Like Estrogen and testosterone. Also it is used bile production for digestion.

Cholesterol comes from two main sources.
1. It is made by the liver.
2. From the animals we ingest.

The "good and the bad" cholesterol.
HDL (High-density lipoprotein)
This is known as the good cholesterol. If these cholesterol reach  high levels. It actually protects the body. More protein than fat.
LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) This is the bad cholesterol. More fat than protein.

HDL contains little fat with more protein. It helps to getting rid of any cholesterol that is left in the body, by carrying it back to the liver to be disposed of.

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LDL increases the risk of atherosclerotic disease. When reaching very high levels of LDL it can cause and lead to heart attacks, stroke and angina.

LDL is mostly made up of fat and a quarter protein. It is carried from the liver to other parts of the body where needed for repair or other activities. It tends to move these cholesterol to artery walls and other places in the body.

When this happens. It can cause a blockage which can lead to serious health problems as mentioned earlier. So with all this in mind. Always be careful of the food you eat. Next article will discuss causes of high cholesterol. As its best to be aware of what causes high Cholesterol.