There are essentially two major areas from which our food are obtained. They are plant life and animal life. We know that cholesterol levels in the blood come from two sources. One which is made internally by our own bodies for functions that are essential for proper cell health. The other comes from the saturated fats and cholesterol that we eat. There are saturated fats in some plant oils, but there is no cholesterol in plant life.
There are no surprises any more on this one. We've been told since youth to eat our vegetables. We were told in the first book of the Bible what was good for food. We have been shown the consequences of not eating proper nourishment, with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. We even have statistics from every corner of the health profession, professing the indisputable truth of the type of foods we must eat and what we should avoid.
When we think of Cholesterol issues and heart disease these days, we usually think in terms of lowering the LDL or bad cholesterol to lower the risk of artery blockage. There are cases of individuals who though they have fairly low cholesterol levels have been found to have heart issues. Inflammation of the arterial walls due to our bodies being in an acidic state has also been found to clog the arteries and lead to heat disease.
It's a fact that heart disease is the number one killer in the US. Actually, each minute one person will die from some sort of coronary complication. This is alarming. Why were heart attack rates substantially lower in the early 1900's when consumption of saturated fats and red meats were much higher? Studies have proven that cholesterol and saturated fat alone is not the sole reason for all the heart disease.
High cholesterol may not be the most critical variable in the development of arterial plaque and ultimately the sole cause of heart disease. Studies have proven that just because you have high cholesterol levels you are not automatically at risk for coronary heart disease. Interestingly enough, if you have low LDL you may still be at high risk for heart disease as arteriosclerosis can still form when cholesterol levels are low.
The symptoms of high cholesterol are sometimes invisible, but tell-tale signs include shortness of breath, pains in the legs when walking or running and weaknesses in the fingers and toes. As the degree of cholesterol in the blood stream rise, so does your chance of cardiovascular disease or stroke so it really is worth having them checked regularly.
As my age advances, I wanted to take care of my health, so I did some research to determine what I needed to do to have a quality senior life and especially what I needed to do to keep my heart healthy. Most of what I found I have been doing all of my adult life. I used to take care of myself during my working life, but when I retired and moved to Alaska, I got away from taking care of myself.
Cholesterol is an essential structural component found in cell membranes which helps to produce Vitamin D, steroid hormones and bile acids. Our liver produces at least 80 percent of body's cholesterol which is transported to our blood. You can have a bad cholesterol level which is harmful for your body or a good level of it to keep your body healthy and fit.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) starts with narrowing of the blood vessels that lead to the heart. This narrowing prevents the heart from receiving enough blood, much like stepping on a garden hose when watering your lawn. The blood carries the oxygen that is needed by the heart itself, and also to send it out to all parts of the body's organs and tissues.
In recent years, we've been hearing a lot about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Good cholesterol is the kind medical professionals call high density lipoproteins, or more often, simply HDL. Bad cholesterol is a type known as low density lipoproteins, or LDL. The goal of this article is to explain the difference between LDL and HDL, and tell you why one is good for you and the other is definitely not.