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Cholesterol - What you
Need to Know!
Cholesterol is found among fats in the bloodstream. It is also
present in all other cells of the body. Cholesterol is required to
a certain extent in a healthy, properly functioning body. It is
required for necessary bodily functions such as forming cell
membranes and even some hormones. The risk with cholesterol occurs
when the amount in the body is too high. The most well known
adverse health effect would be coronary heart disease, and
potential heart attacks as a result.
Your body naturally produces cholesterol, but you can also get
cholesterol from food sources. Examples of such sources are noted
Fruits, vegetables and cereals do not contain any food. Although
some food items do not directly contain cholesterol, some may
contain trans-fats, which will cause your body to produce
cholesterol. If you are looking to avoid higher levels of
cholesterol in your body, avoid such foods which contain saturated
fats, which will cause your body to produce additional cholesterol,
despite not directly obtaining it from food sources. Cholesterol
does not dissolve in the blood. Lipoproteins carry cholesterol to
and from the cells within the body. There are two types of of these
lipoproteins, and you need to be aware of their differences as they
each have a seperate effect in the body.
The first type is low-density lipoprotein, the bad cholesterol,
which goes by the short form LDL cholesterol. It is not good to
have high levels of LDL cholesterol in the body. An abundance of
LDL cholesterol can clog arteries, which will thereby increase your
risk for astroke or a heart attack. The other type of protein
carrier is high-density lipoprotein, also known by the short form
HDL cholesterol. This is the good type of cholesterol, which your
body will make and serves many valuable purposes in the. This type
of cholesterol travels away from your arteries, and high levels of
HDL cholesterol have been known to reduce the risk of a heart
Heart diseases is the number one killer of men and women in North
America. Many North Americans have levels of LDL cholesterol which
are far too high, and this may result in heart disease which can
cause heart attacks. However, Cholesterol is not something which
you want to completely avoid in your diet, but it is relatively
important to avoid LDL cholesterol, while maintaining adequate
levels of HDL cholesterol in your body. If you are interested in
learning more about cholesterol, please consult your physician.
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