CHOLESTEROL : Facts You Must Know
It is described as a fat like substance that is found in every cell of body . Yes, it is necessary for some of the body processes like-
Contribution in structure of cell wall
But due to its properties of getting mixed with other substances , results in formation of PLAQUE. This gets attached to the walls of arteries leading to ARTHEROSCLEROSIS progressing to CAD (Coronary Arterial Disease ), wherein arteries become narrow or blocked .
(Low Density Lipoproteins)
Helps to buildup in the arteries
(High Density Lipoproteins)
Carries cholesterol from other parts to liver
Health Problems Due To Rise In Cholesterol
Plaque deposit Continuous
Area of plaque can rupture
Formation of blood clot
Enlargement of clot leading to blockage
Blood flow ceased to coronary artery therby reduction in O2 rich blood to heart muscle
ANGINA (chest pain)
Can reduce/block arteries supplying blood to brain and limbs
Carotid Artery Disease/ Stroke/ PAD(peripheral arterial disease)
Factors affecting CL levels:
AGE : proportionally related.
HEREDITY : can run in families .
WEIGHT : obesity / overweight .
This doesn't present any symptoms.
Getting CL levels measured once every 5 years (as it can go unnoticed thus presenting silent threat of Heart Attack or Stroke)
Therapeutic lifestyle changes - low CL diet, weight management, regular physical activity
CL lowering supplements- e.g. Statins
Flax seed & flax seed oil
Grape seed extract
Tests For Prevention:
Blood test --- lipid panel
Cholesterol test - HDL test, LDL test
Dr. Supriya Shekhar, Singapore. Active member and co-founder Your Health-Key.