Cholesterol and things you might not know
Cholesterol is a form of fat that is present in all of our cells. In addition to health issues, the facts below will give you a multi-dimensional perspective on how to find out about high cholesterol (also known as fats in the blood).
1. There is a "cholesterol factory" in your body
This "factory" is your liver. The human body needs cholesterol to maintain healthy cells and the liver can make its own cholesterol when needed, even if you cut down on cholesterol from the outside.
The liver is the "main producer" of cholesterol for the body.
2. Cholesterol is not as bad as you think
Basically, cholesterol does not harm the body. It is also a necessary part of the cell membrane, which is used to produce some hormones, produce vitamin D on the skin with sunlight as well as produce bile acids to digest fat.
The problem is that when you start consuming too much saturated fat and your body produces too much LDL cholesterol, it can lead to the formation of plaque (and eventually obstruction) in the arteries. According to cardiologist Dr. Gerald S. Berenson of Tulane University in New Orleans, this will be harmful to health without being properly handled.
3. Cholesterol in foods is different from cholesterol in blood
Cholesterol comes from two sources: made by the liver and other cells (about 75%), and supplied by the food (25%).
To limit the synthesis of exogenous cholesterol, you should limit your intake of high-fat foods. However, do not abstain or cut off this source of food because your body will easily release harmful fats to compensate for the working process of the body.
To limit the synthesis of exogenous cholesterol, you should limit your intake of high-fat foods.
4. Infant formula for babies has cholesterol supplement
To mimic breast milk as much as possible, infant formula includes vitamins, minerals and indigestible fats, and some even has cholesterol added.
5. Children also have high cholesterol
If you think that raising cholesterol is just a problem in middle-aged people, you're wrong. Because even children's cholesterol can cross the healthy limit.
As recommended by the American Medical Association, cholesterol should be screened at age nine for all children. This might sound weird, but cardiovascular risk factors will develop from childhood, at least 40 years before these people have a real heart attack. This study is based on monitoring the development of cardiovascular risk factors from primary school to middle adolescence.
Children also have a high chance of raising cholesterol.
6. High cholesterol may be due to genetic factors
If your family members have high cholesterol levels, chances are you do too. This does not mean that your fate is sealed, but you still have to pay more attention than the average people. Visit your doctor every year and focus on a healthy diet.
High cholesterol may be due to genetic factors, this is also one of the reasons why thin people still have high cholesterol levels or blood-related diseases.
By: Frank Richardson