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Facts about Cholesterol

Certain types of cholesterol are essential for good health. Your body needs cholesterol for important functions such as hormone production and protein synthesis. Cholesterol circulates in proteins in the blood called lipoproteins.

Facts about Cholesterol

Two types of lipoproteins transport cholesterol throughout the body: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), sometimes called “bad,” cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good” cholesterol.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a naturally occurring, insoluble waxy fat-like substance found in all the cells of our body and circulates in the red blood cells with the help of lipoproteins Cholesterol is synthesized in the human body in the liver.

Cholesterol comes from ancient Greek words – “chole” meaning bile, “stereos” solid, and “ol” for wine. Also known as cholesterin or cholesteryl alcohol.

Types of Cholesterol

  1. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are also called bad cholesterol.
  2. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are also called good cholester

Interesting Facts aAbout Cholesterol

  1. Cholesterol is not an essential nutrient but an essential and vital component of our cellular components that are present in all our living cells because it is naturally produced by our body.
  2. For optimal health, LDL cholesterol levels should be close to 80 mg/dL and between 50 and 60 mg/dL for patients with heart disease.
  3. The liver and intestines are the two main organs that play an important role in controlling the levels of LDL in our red blood cells.
  4. Genetic factors are the main cause of high LDL. Seventy to 80 percent of the cholesterol in our body cells is due to genetics and the rest is due to diet.
  5. The best ways to lower LDL cholesterol are a healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy BMI.
  6. Cholesterol plays an important role in the synthesis of proteins, hormones, vitamin D and blood acids, which play an important role in the human digestive system.
  7. There are many reasons for high cholesterol. Influential factors include age and gender, weight and body mass index (BMI), genetic factors, health and certain diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, pancreatitis, lifestyle disorders.
  8. One of the best ways to lower LDL cholesterol is to include fiber-rich foods such as avocados, eggplants, green tea, apples, beans, oats, olive oil, garlic and more.
  9. LDL cholesterol is considered the bad cholesterol because it is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and peripheral artery disease.
  10. High blood pressure is a serious condition that can increase the risk of heart disease and is primarily caused by increased blood cholesterol, especially LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) cholesterol.

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