LDL cholesterol is sometimes referred to as “bad” and HDL is often referred to as “good.” The reason is that the LDL is stuck in the blood and can be oxidized (hardened) on the vessel wall, while the HDL takes the LDL away the bloodstream and returns to the liver for treatment or disposal.
Some blood cholesterol comes the food you eat. But most are created by the liver. It is believed that eliminating cholesterol the diet will only lead to more liver production, because cholesterol is needed for various purposes in the body.
Hypercholesterolemia is considered to be a major risk factor for heart disease. Therefore, this is the biggest problem related to cholesterol imbalance. The next section of this article will describe the causes and symptoms of hypercholesterolemia and low cholesterol.
A subtype of hypercholesterolemia is called familial hypercholesterolemia. It is caused by genetic defects and is quite rare. Most cases of hypercholesterolemia are caused by one or more of the following reasons:
Excessive drinking – stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol
of physical activity
Although cholesterol in the diet has little effect on blood cholesterol levels, saturated fats and trans fats can have a major impact. Excessive saturated fat or trans fat in a regular diet can cause hypercholesterolemia.
Sucrose and fructose can increase LDL levels. Sugary snacks, soft drinks and juices are the main sources of sucrose and fructose in the common diet.
Low fiber intake is another reason. Fiber absorbs cholesterol the food you eat and takes it out of the body. Fiber also prevents the reabsorption of cholesterol in the small intestine.
In early life, hypercholesterolemia does not cause any symptoms. Young people with a history of familial hypercholesterolemia are required to be screened for early treatment and to reduce the risk of heart disease. Untreated familial hypercholesterolemia can cause obvious symptoms. Yellow deposits may form under the skin, palms, knees or elbows around the eyes.
If hypercholesterolemia persists for decades, it helps to form plaque that can partially or completely block the artery. The symptom of insufficient blood supply to the leg caused by such partial occlusion is calf pain while walking. If the bowel is affected, the symptoms may be abdominal pain after eating.
Low cholesterol can cause many symptoms, including depression and muscle aches. Drug therapy for hypercholesterolemia is one of the causes of dangerous low cholesterol. These drugs also inhibit the production of coenzyme Q10 in the liver. CO Q-10 muscle exhaustion can lead to muscle death.
Without medication, you can avoid the risk of hypercholesterolemia and low cholesterol. My next article describes a healthy, natural way to balance cholesterol levels.