Most cardiac or heart-related problems are due to cholesterol – a fatty substance that can block your arteries and restrict blood flow to and from the heart.
This fatty substance that can make us sick is actually needed by the body, but in small doses. A tiny amount of cholesterol is present in every cell of our bodies. But excess collection of cholesterol can affect our health and normal functioning.
Good and Bad Cholesterol
You may have heard of the terms ‘good cholesterol’ and ‘bad cholesterol’.
The good cholesterol, technically known as High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) is better for us as it is more efficient. It collects the extra cholesterol and heads straight to the liver to be broken down and released by the body.
Foods such as whole grains, olive oil, certain fruits, and soy produce good cholesterol that is healthy for the body. It keeps things functioning smoothly.
The bad cholesterol, or Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDP), on the other hand, stays in one place and causes build up in the arteries. Blood and oxygen cannot pass through and prolonged results could be fatal.
As you may have guessed, foods that have bad cholesterol include French fries, red meat, cheese and rich cakes or biscuits.
Cholesterol at a Younger Age
It was believed for many years that high cholesterol levels only affected adults. But lately, this has proven to be untrue.
Owing to bad dietary habits, lack of exercise and of course, genetic reasons, children as low as 7 and 8 years of age are being diagnosed with high cholesterol. This manifests into heart problems at a later age.
Cholesterol Testing In Time
Since now we know that bad cholesterol builds up can happen to anyone, it is essential to go for cholesterol tests, not once but regularly.
Since the main cause of high cholesterol is a bad diet, lack of exercise or stress-related habits such as smoking, lifestyle changes can be made to control cholesterol levels.
But in order to control the cholesterol level, it’s important to know whether you have a cholesterol problem or not. Cholesterol checks only require a simple blood test.
Isn’t it better to get yourself checked in time?
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