What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is basically an element produced in the liver and the intestine. It is a natural product of the body and is a combination of steroids and lipids (fats). It acts like a building block for various hormones like testosterone and also for cell membranes. Most of the cholesterol that is produced by the body is manufactured at the liver. This amounts to almost 80%. Rest is taken in by our diet, wherein, the cholesterol comes from foods like fish, meat and milk products. Meats are supposed to have high cholesterol content; whereas; vegetables generally have lesser cholesterol content. When we eat, the cholesterol that the body consumes through food is taken in by the intestine and kept in store in the liver. The liver is the regulating organ of the body and it regulated the levels of cholesterol in the blood and it is responsible for secreting cholesterol whenever needed by the body.
The ‘bad’ cholesterol in the body is generally known as LDL cholesterol. It is responsible for coronary heart diseases. LDL is responsible for depositing cholesterol in the walls of the srtery which in turn forms a thick substance which is commonly referred to as ‘cholesterol plaque’. In time, this cholesterol plaque causes the arterial walls to thicken and makes them narrow. This process of narrowing of the arteries is known as ‘Atherosclerosis’.
On the other hand, HDL cholesterol is the ‘good’ cholesterol. This HDL cholesterol works towards preventing ‘Atherosclerosis’. This is done by removing the cholesterol in the walls of the artery and disposing them off by way of the liver. Thus, as one can see, High LDL and low HDL can be lead to ‘Atherosclerosis’.
VLDL is rich in lipo proteins and contains within itself around 10 -15 % of the serum Cholesterol. VLDL is the most difficult to measure form of Cholesterol and is also said to be the Artery-clogging-cholesterol.
Reports of a recent study show that reducing your daily calorie intake to 30% will be the most beneficial diet of all. Consumption of cholesterol in the form of proteins, fat or carbohydrates will make the body imbibe the cholesterol that will eventually turn into fat.
Low LDL levels will benefit the health of the people greatly, especially those suffering from heart diseases. LDL is directly proportionate to the risks of heart attacks. One must be in constant consultation with our physicians in order to bring down the levels of LDL cholesterol.
One must endeavor to follow a Low Cholesterol Diet at every stage of one’s life. As you tend to get older, it becomes even more mandatory to maintain a Low Cholesterol Diet. There are two vital things that you can do to bring about a successful cholesterol reduction.
- One is to follow a healthy Diet
- Two is to maintain a body weight that is at par to your BMR.
Saturated fat is the biggest problem in the diet that people follow these days. Cholesterol itself is not the problem for increasing cholesterol levels. Saturated fats that are found in foods like fast food, or red meat or excessive alcohol is responsible for high cholesterol and high levels of LDL cholesterol. Diets which have high levels of cholesterol will eventually turn into fat, which are converted to LDL cholesterol in due course of time.
It is also very important to maintain the ideal body weight of your body if you want to avoid high levels of cholesterol in your body and live a healthy life. A Weight that is beyond a certain limit is a huge impediment to a healthy lifestyle.
One following right cholesterol reducing diet and an ideal body weight one can fight cholesterol in the right ways.