Keep check on your cholesterol level

Cholesterol is a waxy substance and is important part of every cell of the body. It is produced naturally by the liver. It helps making vitamin D and creation of some hormones, create bile salts which helps in digestion of fats. Actually our own liver produce enough cholesterol for the body but food containing cholesterol creates access of it in the body which becomes dangerous and create many health problems like heart disease. Extra cholesterol can deposit in the arteries and can lead to blocked arteries. If arteries are blocked then blood supply to the heart gets blocked and heart attack occur.

There are two types of cholesterol, one bad cholesterol and second one is good cholesterol. The bad one is known as LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) and good one is known as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) The bad cholesterol tends to block arteries and good cholesterol helps in cleaning up the bad cholesterol in the arteries.

The main source of cholesterol is meat, eggs, milk, cheese and ice cream etc.

The main cause of high cholesterol can vary from person to person. The main causes are Obesity or over weight, Diet havinf high cholesterol and saturated fats, Heredity, Low physical activity etc.

How to understand the right cholesterol level?
To check cholesterol normally a doctors refers to lipid profile test which shows, LDL, HDL and triglycerides. Triglycerides are also a common type of cholesterol found in diets and blood vessels. In the test if LDL and Triglycerides level are high or HDL level is low then it means you have high risk of heart disease and need to be very cautious and have to control your cholesterol level.

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