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Spotlight on Your Health What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatlike, waxy substance which is found in the tissues of all animals and humans. Therefore, foods from animal sources such as fish, foul, meat, and dairy products contain cholesterol. Foods that come from plants do not contain cholesterol. So if you eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, you are not eating those food which contain cholesterol. However, if you are eating foods from animal origin, etc., you are eating foods with cholesterol. There are three kinds of fats:

      1) Saturated fats. Saturated fats are those which are solid at room temperature such as the fat seen in meat. Saturated fats are the chief cause of raising the cholesterol levels therefore increasing the risk of heart disease. Excepting for palm and coconut oils, saturated fats come from animals. Red meat, butter and cheese are familiar forms. Hydrogenated fats are those fats converted from liquid oils to a semisolid form, such as margarine and shortening. Eating a lot of hydrogenated and trans fats raise the total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.  

      2) Polyunsaturated fats (also called polyunsaturated fatty acids)and oils are those which are liquid at room temperature and remain in liquid form even if refrigerated. Examples are soybean, safflower, sunflower, corn and walnut oils. Another form of these oils, omega-3 fatty acids, comes from cold water fish such as sardines, mackerel and tuna. Several studies show that these oils may prevent heart disease by lowering triglyceride levels and reducing blood pressure.

      3) Monosaturated fats, the good-for-you kind, are liquid at room temperature but begin to solidify when refrigerated. Examples of these fats are canola, olive, peanut, and cashew oils, as well as olive, peanuts and cashews themselves.

Cholesterol is actually essential for good health; it is vital to the function and structure of your cells and formation of certain body chemicals called hormones. So, we all have cholesterol and need cholesterol to live. It's when we have eat too much cholesterol that things become of concern.


No. A portion of the cholesterol found in your blood actually is produced by the organ in the right upper portion of the belly called the liver. Some of the cholesterol goes into the formation of certain chemicals called bile acids which are necessary to digest food. The portion of the blood cholesterol produced by the liver is one of the reasons that a person's cholesterol remain high even though they comply with healthy lifestyles and dietary changes as the liver cholesterol production is partially related to hereditary predispositions.


No. There are other fats in the blood. All fats are called lipids. They are connected to other chemical structures in the blood called proteins; they are therefore called "lipoproteins". LDL, or Low Density Lipids, are 25% protein and 45% cholesterol; HDL, or High Density Lipids, are 50% protein and 20% cholesterol. VLDL, or Very Low Density Lipids, are triglycerides mostly and a small amount of protein and cholesterol. Any elevation of the blood fat is called "hyper(high)lipidemia", or "hyperlipoproteinemia". A disorder of the blood fat also can be called "dyslipidemia". The other fat that is of primary concern beside cholesterol is called "triglcerides". The calories from food not used immediately are converted to triglycerides and transported to fat cells to be stored. High triglyceride levels have also been linked to heart disease.


picture cholesterol plaques in arteryAlthough we all need to have cholesterol for the reasons stated, too much cholesterol is not good at all. About one-half of all Americans have a higher blood level of cholesterol than is desired. Having too much cholesterol in the blood is called hypercholesterolemia and can signify the early presence of heart disease. Since heart disease is largely preventable, strong emphasis is given to proper dietary habits and eating properly, i.e., lower fat intake. The high cholesterol level in the blood causes plaque deposits in the arteries. In the picture to the right, the orangy-yellow looking mounds inside the artery are the fatty plaques. As the plaque buildup increases, the arteries narrow and less blood can travel through the artery to reach the target organ the artery supplies. Once the artery is blocked completely a heart attack or stroke occurs.


A risk factor is a statistical fact that increases the probability of an occurence given certain situations. With specific reference to cholesterol and it's relationship to coronary heart disease (CHD), the risk factor for having high cholesterol just by itself producing heart disease is significant. Elevated cholesterol levels, total and LDL-C, with even one other risk factor increases the threat of CHD. The more risk factors you have, the greater the chance of you having CHD. It is important to recognize your risk factors to eliminate them and increase your chances of survival. CHD is preventable in most cases.


Become aware of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Learn about fighting heart disease and stroke here.

Several risk factors are linked with the cultural lifestyle habits and conditions and show a tendency to increase in severity and occurrence as the years go by. Studies substantiating the risk factors as the origin of the disease more and more people are seeking to alter their lives style to extend their lives.

A diet high in fats is recognized as a primary risk factor in cardiovascular disease. Most difficulty in understanding the risk of a high fat diet is not so much in the total fat but in the types of fat that are incorporated in the diet. Saturated fats are the bad type and are commonly found in almost all of foods but unsaturated fats are far less harmful.
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High blood pressure or hypertension is a major risk factor. Over time, high blood pressure can damage the arteries to the heart by accelerating the buildup of fatty deposits that clog coronary arteries. High blood pressure can be inherited and also increases with age. The main reason most Americans have high blood pressure is from a high salt diet and being overweight. The pressure in the arteries can cause expansion or fracture. Studies show that people suffering from high blood pressure are deficient in magnesium.
Reduce your dietary intake of reduce your daily intake of cholesterol and saturated fats. the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 300 mg. of cholesterol daily and other sources suggest eating no more than 200 mg. daily. The suggested amount of allowable calories from fats should be no more than 30% of your daily caloric intake. Saturated fats should be less than 10%. use the polyunstaurated oils for cooking as they're healthier. Eat more fish and poultry (remember to remove the skin from the poultry as it's loaded with cholesterol) and less meat. if you must have meat, try choosing the more lean cuts such as filet mignon and ask that the excess fat be trimmed off the cut. Yes, fat makes stuff taste good but it's horrible for you. Eat less red meat; drastically reduce your intake of deli meats. eat less processed foods. By law, all foods have nutritional labels which list the contents of the food contained inside the package. Calories from protein, fat and carbohydrate are listed; sugar content, fat content and amount of cholesterol is also listed. Stay away from processed gravies, fast foods and carefully read labels on frozen foods. KNOW WHAT YOU'RE EATING! Believe it or not, once you become used to eating low fat foods, you will become used to it and foods with high fat content will begin to taste strange. Yes, you can treat yourself to that steak or ice cream, but only once or twice monthly if you must. When eating out, learn to ask how foods are prepared; ask for preparation in margarine instead of butter, for instance. Most reputable restaurants, especially those you frequent and are a regular, will go overboard to please you and prepare food for you the way you want it.
Lose weight! Recent studies have shown that Obesity is epidemic in the U.S. The rise in the obesity rate parallels the rise in diabetes.
Find out more about the rise in obesity here.  
Eat lots of fiber. It's healthy for you. if you're on the move and rushed, a good source of fiber is Bios Life 2; it's all natural and holds 2 U.S. patients for it's ingredients to lowewr cholesterol and promote optimal blood sugar levels. Learn more about Bios Life 2 by clicking here.
Use natural anti-oxidants such as Rexall's natural preventive health and anti-aging products; learn more about these by clicking here.
Eat more fish, especially the cold water fish which contain the omega-3 fatty acids.
Use dietary supplements; click here to learn about those supplements which promote cardiovascular health, enable you to lose weight naturally and safely, and will help lower your cholesterol level and optimize your blood sugar level.
Visit your doctor regularly. Control the disease processes such as hypertension and diabetes. As we get older, hormonal deficiencies called hypotestosteronism (men) and reduced estrogen levels (women) can become risk factors in the development of heart disease. These conditions can be checked for by your doctor.
Decrease alcohol comsumption, completely if possible.
Stop smoking. Smoking has been documented as being a major risk factor. Smoking and long-term exposure to second hand smoke damage the interior walls of the arteries allowing the cholesterol to accumulate and restrict the blood flow. If there is damage to the lining o the artery, substances in the blood, such as cholesterol and various blood cells will be more likely to adhere to the irregularities. The nicotine in tobacco is a stimulant and constricts the walls of the arteries. If there is already narrowing of the arteries secondary to cholesterol deposits and plaquing, the narrowing is just worsened by the constriction of the artery that the nicotene causes.
Get moving. Exercise is good for you. Diet and exercise can combat the tendencies and predispositions that heredity of risk factors can produce. Consult your doctor before starting any type of exercise program to see what you are capable of doing. Try exercising with someone else - it's more fun that way and often you become more motivated. If you can, join a health club and get supervision and the expertise of certified trainers while you exercise.
If your cholesterol levels are only mildly abnormal, and diet, exercise and commiting to a healthy lifestyle do not effect your cholesterol level appreciably, then your healthcare professional will have to decide about adding a special lipid lowering medication, which is available by perscription only, to your treatment plan.

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