Why High Cholesterol Is the Silent Killer
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in animal tissue and fat.
It is mostly made by the liver and circulates in the blood, and is produced by the body from dietary cholesterol and saturated fats in food
Cholesterol is not harmful if kept within acceptable limits, and is in fact essential to body functioning. The body uses cholesterol to perform a variety of vital functions, including building and maintaining cell membranes, hormone synthesis, aiding in fat digestion, and manufacturing Vitamin D.
The body manufactures two types of cholesterol – LDL (the ‘bad’ form of cholesterol) and HDL (the ‘good’ form of cholesterol).
The Danger Of Cholesterol
Cholesterol sticks to the sides of blood vessels and arteries which can cause blood to be cut off to vital organs.
- If blood is cut off to the heart, you have a heart attack.
- If blood is cut off to the brain, you have a stroke.
7 Important Cholesterol Facts
- Having high blood cholesterol puts you at risk of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
- People with high cholesterol have about TWICE THE RISK of heart disease as people with lower levels.
- 71 million American adults (33.5%) have high low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol.
- Only 1 out of every 3 adults with high LDL cholesterol has the condition under control
- Lowering your cholesterol can reduce your risk of having a heart attack, needing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty, and dying of heart disease.
- Exercising, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking will help you prevent high cholesterol and reduce your levels.
- High cholesterol has no symptoms, so many people don’t know that their cholesterol is too high. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your levels.