Health Fact: EVERYONE KNOWS THAT CHOLESTEROL IS BAD IF IT IS TOO HIGH AS PART OF YOUR BLOOD TESTS
IS IT BAD FOR YOUR HEART AND YOUR HEALTH?
This topic is more basic than how much cholesterol is too high. It is the fact that few people know what cholesterol is in the first place.
Cholesterol and its derivatives are important constituents of cell membranes. It is necessary to create steroid compounds. One example of these are cortisol. It is one important adrenal cortex steroid hormone. It regulates carbohydrates metabolism and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Aldosterone is another steroid hormone that comes from the adrenal cortex. It helps maintain blood pressure and regulates the salt and water balance in your body.
Statistics show that 80% of heart attacks occur in men with normal cholesterol levels.
The “bad cholesterol”, is low-density lipoprotein, (which transports cholesterol to the tissues). It is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. Who are we to deem something that the body creates bad? Unless we really understand its mechanism to be high.
The question really becomes, “Why is it doing this in the first place?”
One answer could answer the question, there are certain nutrients, which in the blood, will cause a chronic inflammation that can lead to degeneration of the intima (the part of the blood vessel will weaken and when the body recognizes this phenomena, it will create a patch to strengthen the blood vessel). Guess what the patch is made of? Cholesterol.
It is not the best solution, but it sure beats leaking.
What causes inflammation? One culprit is named homocysteine. Homocysteine is a word most people have never heard of, yet knowing what it is and what it does, could cost you your life. Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid that is necessary for normal fuction of the body. The problem is that when it does not perform properly, it can be the precipitating factor in cardiovascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis, heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke. It’s associated with low levels of vitamins B6, B12, folate and renal disease.
Another is sugar. Excess sugar is known to contribute to conditions linked to heart disease and now new research links it to unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. People in the study who ate the most sugar had the lowest HDL, or good cholesterol and the highest blood triglyceride levels.
High cholesterol levels are a screening mechanism. To be responsible, it requires a lot more investigation and more sophisticated tests. Think about it and be informed before you act.