Why is it Important to Maintain Low Blood Cholesterol?

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a lipoprotein (fatty alcohol) contained in cell membranes of all living organisms. It is essential for normal functioning of all vital organs of the human body. In particular, it plays a key role in some hormone production. Also, cholesterol is crucial for the brain and the immune system. But why do health specialists all over the world call for fighting against cholesterol? Turns out, it’s not as simple as it can seem.

Two types of cholesterol

Specialists usually distinguish between “good” and “bad” cholesterol. What does it mean? High-density lipoprotein, or HDL, is water-dissolvable; it is not deposited in the vessels. On the contrary, it protects the arteries from abnormal fatty deposits forming. It is called “good” cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein, or, LDL, in its turn, is not dissolvable in water. It is deposited in the blood vessels in the form of atherosclerotic plaques, causing luminal occlusion. It is considered “bad”, and its level should be strictly controlled. High LDL increases the risk of strokes, heart attacks and many cardiovascular diseases.

Sources of “bad” cholesterol

To make the fight against high cholesterol effective it’s important to understand how it gets to the body.
In average, about 80 percent of all cholesterol is produced inside the body, in particular, by the liver, while 20 percent is received from outside, i.e. with food. The main sources of LDL include:

          All kinds of animal fats. The most “dangerous” in this sense are red meat and dairy products with a high content of fat.
          Alcohol and smoking contribute substantially to LDL increasing.
          Sweets and other products containing trans fats.

Also, the risk of cholesterol level increasing depends on co-existing conditions and general lifestyle. Our main enemies in this field are lack of motion, overweight/obesity and endocrine disorders (diabetes). People falling under these criteria should be especially cautious about cholesterol level.

Ways of reducing cholesterol

1. First and foremost, revise your lifestyle. If you have a sedentary job, walk at least an hour a day instead of watching TV. Moderate physical activity of any kind is crucial for heart disorders prevention.

2. Revise your nutrition habits. Increase the share of vegetables and minimize the share of animal products in your daily diet.

3. Try to reduce sugar level in the blood, even if you are not diabetic (and if you are, it is a must). The best approach is not just to refuse food and drinks containing sugar, but to use special sugar-reducing supplements. For example, Renaissance Triple Set or Khubad Sai,
which is a diabetes supplement containing only natural ingredients, including natural sweeteners. Replace the usual sugar in coffee or tea with it.

4. Quit drinking and smoking. It’s essential, if you want to have a healthy heart.

5. Lose weight. Being overweight is not just unattractive. It increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases greatly. Overweight and obese people sometimes have higher blood cholesterol. 

6. Know your family history.  Cholesterol levels and heart disease can be genetic.

Low cholesterol level means healthy blood vessels. And healthy vessels means lower risk of heart disorders. Follow these simple tips, and you’ll reduce your need for any drugs.


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