According to CDC “Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many foods. Your body needs it to work properly and makes all that you need. Too much cholesterol can accumulate depending on the kind of foods you eat and the rate at which your body breaks it down.”
Extra cholesterol can build up in your arteries. Over time, cholesterol deposits, called plaque, can narrow your arteries and allow less blood to pass through.
When plaque totally blocks an artery carrying blood to the heart, a heart attack occurs. It also can happen when a deposit ruptures and causes a clot in a coronary artery. Chest pain, also called angina, is caused by plaque partially blocking a coronary artery, reducing blood flow to the heart.
Many foods promote healthy cholesterol levels, but animal based foods are linked closely to unhealthy cholesterol. If you often eat fatty meats: whole milk dairy products; or foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, shortening, or palm or coconut oil, check in with your total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and triglyceride levels to see where you stand.
Approximately one in every six adults—16.3% of the U.S. adult population—has high total cholesterol. With this being the case what are the risk factors surrounding high cholesterol. The top three risk factors are:
1. Conditions such as Age and Diabetes
2. Unhealthy Behaviors such as diet, inactivity and weight
3. Hereditary – Runs in the Family Gene
Now that we have some facts let’s discuss ways we can prevent this condition:
1. Get a blood test (The National Cholesterol Education Program Recommends every 5 years)
2. Eat A Healthy Diet
3. Maintain A Healthy Weight
4. Exercise Regularly
5. Don’t Smoke
6. There may be a point your Medical Doctor prescribes medicine
Remember Lifestyle changes are just as important as taking medicine.