Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Cause of High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is, simply put, excess fat in the body. There are two kinds of fat that we humans consume: HDL and LDL. HDL fat is good for our body, while LDL is not. Cholesterol is produced by the body's attempt to process the LDL fats, which can then build up on the walls of blood vessels, leading to strokes and heart attacks. 

Eating foods high in saturated fats is one of the most obvious ways in which LDL cholesterol can build up in the body, as is a lack of exercise to help the body burn off fat. However, cholesterol can also be a genetic issue. Diabetes is another factor, due to high triglyceride levels that are to be found in diabetics' bloodstream. Untreated thyroid conditions can raise cholesterol levels as well.

Ultimately, the best things to do are monitor cholesterol and live a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy meals with lots of fruits and vegetables and very few servings of red meat is key, as is getting plenty of exercise. For those whose cholesterol levels are genetic or severe, there are also treatments available to help lower cholesterol.

There is also evidence that the HDL/LDL balance in the body is important, and that increasing the amount of HDL in your diet can effectively help balance out your LDL levels.

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