Benefits of having lower cholesterol levels
Just like how high cholesterol does not show itself to exist till we do a blood test, it is almost impossible for us to deduce whether we have a healthy cholesterol level also. However, it is without a doubt that we have a healthy cholesterol level as compared to having one that is off the roof. With the numerous kinds of health risks and problems associated with high cholesterol, many people tend to overlook the benefits of having a healthy cholesterol level.
Some of the benefits of having a healthy cholesterol level are as follows
Being more energized: Without excessive cholesterol clogging our arteries, our heart will find it easier to pump blood through our veins and thus would require lesser energy to do so. With the extra energy, our body can do more physically and we will not feel more tired when doing the same amount of work as compared to someone who has high cholesterol levels. Also, our heart would not over-exert itself and would remain healthy and strong.
Reduced risk of heart diseases: A heart attack results when a person has a blood clot in one of the coronary arteries that provide oxygen to the heart. One of the easiest ways a blood clot is able to form in the arteries is when blood is unable to pass trough the arteries. This usually occurs when the cholesterol lines the walls of the arteries and hardens to an extent where it blocks the artery entirely. Thus, having a healthy cholesterol level would ensure that such an event would not be able to occur.
Reduced risk of stroke: Similar to how a heart attack occurs, a stroke happens when the artery is clogged up and the pressure amounted in the blood clot bursts. A stroke usually leaves its victim with an inability to function in part of his or her body. All these have a much reduced chance of occurring in a healthy cholesterol level person’s life!
All these are just snippets of what a person with healthy level of cholesterol can experience. There are many more, especially those that occur indirectly, for example, while keeping a healthy cholesterol level through exercise, one can keep fit and remain healthy at the same time! However, with all these mentioned, we do must keep in mind, high cholesterol can still be passed down genetically, and it would be unfortunate for a healthy person to have a high cholesterol problem, but there is always a possibility.
The next article will tell you the benefits of having cholesterol pointing out the important roll it plays. Explains what is cholesterol and what it does written
Having high cholesterol levels could place you at risk for developing heart disease if left untreated. Although having too much cholesterol in your body is not healthy, you still need it to carry out certain essential functions in the body. So, you cannot go completely without it.
Yet few people know about its benefits, and even medical experts are still discovering the many roles that it plays in the body.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol – a waxy compound that some have likened to soft candle wax – is a kind of sterol. Sterols are a type of fat found in the tissues of both plants and animals, although only animals have varying amounts of cholesterol. Although your body manufactures much of the cholesterol it needs in the liver, you can also obtain it through your diet. Animal products – such as chicken, beef, eggs or dairy products – are examples of foods that contain cholesterol.
What’s Cholesterol Doing in There?
Although cholesterol tends to get a bad rap, it also performs several important functions in the body:
Perhaps the most important of these is its role in forming and maintaining cell membranes and structures. Cholesterol can insert between fat molecules making up the cell, making the membrane more fluid. Cells also need cholesterol to help them adjust to changes in temperature.
Cholesterol is essential for making a number of critical hormones, including the stress hormone, cortisol. Cholesterol is also used to make the sex hormones testosterone, progesterone, and estrogen.
The liver also uses cholesterol to make bile, a fluid that plays a vital role in the processing and digestion of fats.
Cholesterol is used by nerve cells for insulation.
Your body also needs cholesterol to make vitamin D. In the presence of sunlight, cholesterol is converted into vitamin D. more……
the next article tells you how to test your Cholesterol At-Home if that is something you would find interesting read on article was written by Susan Davis
What Doctors Don’t Tell You
During a general check-up, most doctors recommend that you undergo a cholesterol test to determine whether you are at risk of heart disease. The test measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in the serum (the non-cellular fluid part) of your blood.
A total-cholesterol test will examine all the blood fats, including the overall cholesterol level, the LDL (low-density lipoproteins, or ‘bad’ cholesterol), HDL (high-density lipoproteins, or ‘good’ cholesterol), triglycerides (the form of fat that transports and stores energy derived from food), plus several other varieties of fats. However, these days, most cholesterol tests concentrate only on LDL cholesterol.
What does the test consist of? It requires a relatively straightforward blood test. You must fast for 9-12 hours before the test, and only water should be drunk during the fast, as even tea or coffee can affect results. A tourniquet is applied to your arm, so that the lower veins pool with blood, and the blood sample is drawn from a vein either on the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. click to read the rest of this article hear
Which cholesterol test should you get?
(This article was first printed in the November, 2004 issue of the Harvard Health Letter. For more information or to order, please go to http://health.harvard.edu/health.)
The number of tests has proliferated. But for most people, the traditional fasting cholesterol is still the way to go.
Time to get your cholesterol checked. Okay, but which test should you get? It’s not so simple anymore. Here is a rundown of some of the choices and their pros and cons:
Total cholesterol. This is the simplest and least expensive test. Total cholesterol doesn’t vary much after you’ve eaten, so you don’t have to worry about fasting. The test doesn’t require any sophisticated lab work, either. The simple, do-it-yourself home cholesterol tests measure total cholesterol. A reading of 200* or below puts you in the desirable category; 200-239 is borderline high; and 240 or more is high.
But total cholesterol can be misleading. It includes both “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and the “bad” varieties, chiefly low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL). So if your total cholesterol is in the desirable category, it’s possible that you may have unhealthy levels of HDL (too low) and LDL and VLDL (too high). Think of total cholesterol as a first glimpse, a peek. Doctors are not supposed to make any treatment decisions based on this number alone.
Incidentally, although eating before the test doesn’t affect total cholesterol or HDL levels to any great extent, levels can be lowered by stress (physical or psychological) or infection. An injury, stroke, or heart attack may have the same effect. Sometimes the first sign of cancer is a dramatically lower cholesterol reading. So if your cholesterol levels are unusually high or low, your doctor will probably want to repeat the test some weeks later. Abnormal readings may also lead to tests for other medical problems. get the full article Hear
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