Understanding Cholesterol

Most of us have heard and learned that there are two types of cholesterol : “good” and “bad” cholesterols. The good guys are known as High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and the bad ones are Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL). Even though we do not like the bad ones, there, however, must be a balance of both the good and the bad ones in our system.

Too much or too low of either one may cause
problem to the health of your heart.

What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an important agent needed during the formation of vital body hormones as well as cell membranes. Cholesterol is also involved in substance transportation in and out of cells, inter-cell communication as well as regulating many other body metabolisms too. Cholesterol is found abundantly in our blood stream and other body cells as the unique waxy and soft fat-like substance.

Where does Cholesterol come from?

There are two sources : food and body. About a quarter of our body cholesterols come from the food we eat. Our liver and other body cells manufacture the rest of our cholesterols. Our body is capable of forming both good and bad cholesterols and this is a condition known as hypercholesterolemia.

Why LDL is known as Bad Cholesterol?

Generally, bad cholesterols or LDL are the culprit that clogs our arteries. This causes a medical condition known as atherosclerosis which is the forming of a layer of plaque in our blood vessels. The passage way for blood flow becomes restricted and ultimately, the heart needs more effort or pressure to pump and get the blood through. If the person continues the unhealthy eating habit of food high in saturated fat and cholesterol, he or she would most likely become the next victim of coronary heart diseases. Lifestyle modification is crucial, especially if any of your family has a history of hypercholesterolemia.

How do I know my Cholesterol Level?

There is a test you can do at most clinic here in Malaysia and other countries as well call fasting “lipoprotein profile” All you need to do is to fast for about eight to twelve hours without food, liquid or pills. This test, “lipoprotein profile” gives you quite an accurate information of your total cholesterols, LDL and HDL cholesterols and triglycerides.

It is also highly recommended for every adult to have at least one health screening done every five years. However, your doctor needs to assess other risk factors to have more definite information on your risk or cardiovascular diseases.

** Source: Health & Beauty – Guardian Pharmarcy
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