It’s National Cholesterol Education Month once again. The main purpose of this initiative is to spread information about cholesterol and how it can affect your body. High cholesterol is associated with a lot of diseases that can be life-threatening. Cholesterol is needed by the body in small amounts to help produce hormones, cell membranes, vitamin D, and bile acids which digest fat.
However, not all cholesterol is bad. For example, cholesterol helps in creating memories that are important to your neurological function. There are two types of cholesterol present in your body.
- HDL or High-density Lipoprotein
- LDL or Low-density Lipoprotein
HDL is also known as good cholesterol because it works by keeping cholesterol away from your arteries. This prevents blockage and heart diseases. LDL, on the other hand, is known as “bad” cholesterol. It is the type of cholesterol that may deposit in your arteries and cause build up. The build up can result to a clot and may lead to stroke or heart attack.
The major health concern is regarding the LDL levels in your body. Eating foods that contain high levels of LDL can result in the build-up of fatty deposits in your blood vessels. It can clog and hinder the flow of blood in your arteries. If not treated, it can lead to a heart attack which can be fatal.
To prevent the risks of high cholesterol, it is important to watch what you eat. Choose healthy food and avoid those that contain bad cholesterol. Everyone has a right to indulge every once in a while, but when indulging in excess, it can be dangerous to your health. Remember that moderation is key. Physical activity is also advised to help lower your risks of having high cholesterol levels.