Don’t Underestimate Cholesterol
Cholesterol can clog blood vessels. Cholesterol is actually a vital substance in the cell wall of the body, which functions to make hormones and vitamin D, and is part of bile acids that break down fat in your digestive system. Cholesterol the body needs are satisfied from the production of the liver.
When we eat foods high in saturated fat, the liver will produce more cholesterol so the body wil oversupply. The not used excessive cholesterol will be hanging around in the blood and can settle on the walls of blood vessels to form plaque.
Sediment piled up over the years will clog the blood vessels so that it gradually narrows and hardens. This ultimately can trigger heart attacks and strokes.
“Although medical world and medications are increasingly getting sophisticated, cardiovascular disease (blood vessels and heart) are still the number one killer in the world,” says Laurence S. Sperling, MD, Director of the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases from Emory University School of Medicine, USA.
World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, 20 percent incidence of stroke and more than 50 percent of heart attacks are caused by high cholesterol levels. The good news is, cholesterol is a risk factor that we can still change through changes in lifestyle.
Normal cholesterol levels in the blood is less than 200 mg/dL, bad cholesterol (LDL) less than 130 mg/dL, HDL cholesterol more than 45 mg/dL, and triglycerides less than 200 mg/Dl.
Thing is, high cholesterol in the blood often do not cause symptoms. That is why it is advisable to regularly, at least once a year, do a medical checkup to prevent risk of fatal disease.