Bad cholesterol causes and dangers
HIGH LDL CHOLESTEROL
What is bad cholesterol?
LDL or bad cholesterol is a type of fat that circulates in the blood.
This type of cholesterol is the most important means of transport of cholesterol in the body.
The letters LDL mean "Low Density Lipoprotein". Lipoprotein is the scientific name of fats circulating in the blood.
LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, and during its journey, it releases cholesterol, which accumulates in the arteries, forming arteriosclerosis.
Bad cholesterol levels
The recommended LDL cholesterol levels are between 70 - 130mg/dl. (Low levels are healthier).
People with high LDL cholesterol, also have total cholesterol high levels, as these values are closely related.
The high bad cholesterol can occur together with high VLDL cholesterol.
People with high cholesterol may also have high triglycerides, especially if their diet is often based on large servings or sugar.
Causes of high bad cholesterol
- Genetic inheritance: some people with a family history of cholesterol may be predisposed to have high LDL cholesterol. These people should increase their HDL cholesterol levels to protect their cardiovascular system.
- Poor dietary habits: usually these people's diet is rich in cholesterol.
Cholesterol rich foods are meats, fatty cheeses, cream (and milk or cream sauces), butter (or pastries made with butter), egg (yolk custards and desserts), fatty meats and precooked, mainly.
- Other factors: smoking habits, alcohol and stress can contribute to have higher bad cholesterol. Also during pregnancy or if you take hormone therapy or birth control. Check with your doctor to study the cause of your cholesterol.
Only a doctor can determine the cause of your bad cholesterol levels. It is recommended to see your doctor to treat these disorders.
Dangers of bad cholesterol
Cholesterol is a silent disease that appears in lean, young, adult or overweight, with no apparent symptoms. It is popularly known as "high cholesterol" or hypercholesterolemia.
Because much of the population shares bad diet, cholesterol has become a daily topic and often undervalued.
Cholesterol is a serious disease that can be cured. It affects our vascular system, which is responsible for nourishing our brain and body.
Bad cholesterol increases the risk of arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries. Cholesterol causes obstruction of the blood vessels so the heart must beat faster and arteries lose elasticity, resulting in poor circulation.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.