If you’ve landed to this page, this means you care about your wellbeing and how cholesterol can play a vital role in your cardiovascular health. What does cholesterol do, is a good question to start with?
It is a waxy substance present in the body, which is not fundamentally bad as the body needs it to build cells, make vitamins and other hormones. But too much of it can prove detrimental for a person’s health. Cholesterol in the body comes from different, the liver produces it and the rest of dietary cholesterol comes from animal foods; dairy and meats. Processed/packaged meats and similar foods, which aren’t necessarily fresh contain high amounts of saturated and trans fats, which cause the liver to make more cholesterol than it otherwise would.
This added production for some people means their cholesterol levels spike from being good to bad, which is unhealthy. The bad cholesterol can increase from tropical oil such as palm, palm kernel oil and coconut oil, which are high in saturated fats, often found in baked goods.
Maintaining cholesterol levels in the blood is extremely important because it moves around in the blood. Any amount of increase in bad cholesterol in your blood increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. That’s why it is extremely essential to have the cholesterol tested time to time, so you can know your levels and keep them under check!
There are two types of cholesterol – LDL, which is bad, and HDL, which is good. More of bad and less of good cholesterol will put one at a risk of arteries getting blocked, which feed the brain and heart. Cholesterol along with other substances forms thick deposit in the arteries, which makes it narrow, and less flexible, leading to blood clots, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
The key to preventing cardiovascular diseases is keeping the cholesterol under check, eat clean, get active and consult a clinician, who will help you manage the condition. Be extra careful if you’ve got diabetes, are obese and smoke!