You must have heard a lot about cholesterol, especially through advertisements. Certain oil brands claims that they will decrease cholesterol, and you will become healthy with them. A complete BS
Seriously, I didn’t know much about cholesterol until I researched about it, and with research, I have found that it’s something we all have, and it’s right there in our blood.
In this blog, I will try to explain what is cholesterol, what are its types, how it increases and how to control it (immediately). As you have reached here, you have to read this.
What is Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that helps the body make cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D & many other metabolic processes. It is carried around in the blood by little couriers called Lipoprotein.
This fatty substance is produced by the liver & also found in various food items (which I will mention later). So, as you read this fantastic blog, cholesterol is doing its job inside you.
Before I explain its 2 types, I want to tell you that from this point on I will call Cholesterol as Mr C as it’s very tedious to write this typical name, and also I have to correct the spelling every time.
So Mr C has 2 types, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) & High-density lipoprotein (HDL)
LDL is bad dude, when its levels are high it can clog up the arteries and that’s not a good thing.
HDL is a good dude, as it helps in removing excess Mr C out of our cells.
There are other Lipids (or fat) in our blood called Triglycerides (sound like a Pokémon), but we shall discuss them in another blog.
Normal Mr C should be below 200 mg/DL and anything above that can cause health issues. At first, high Mr C is unnoticeable & people may not realize it. But our body starts giving us some signals, and we should never ignore them.
Sudden loss of balance, dizziness, inability to move (especially one side of the body), confusion, slurring words, numbness in arms, legs, and pockets below the eyes are some signals that indicate high cholesterol.
What causes High Cholesterol
We, humans, have created many problems and high Mr C is one of them. Some of the causes are:
Genetics-Like if your daddy or daddy’s daddy has it, you can have it (thanks to them).
Age-Old age brings many problems, and this is one of them.
Medicines-Some medicines can cause high Mr C.
Obesity-Being fat and sassy was cool until high Mr C.
Inactivity- I told you multiple times to exercise, now see what you did. Inactivity can lead to an increase in LDL.
When you don’t get enough exercise, your body doesn’t produce enough HDL cholesterol & can’t keep up with removing deposits of bad cholesterol from your vascular system.Mr C
Smoking-Smoking has some other benefits as well check out here Benefits of Smoking
Diet- As mentioned above our body produces enough Mr C, so we don’t need to eat food that contains Cholesterol. The bad thing is, all the tasty food contains Cholesterol and the only person getting a benefit out of it is the seller.
What can high cholesterol do?
The list is long so you better take a screenshot of something.
High levels of Mr C if not treated on time can develop plaque over arteries. Over time, this can limit the flow of blood in the arteries.
High Mr C can cause Heart attack, stroke, kidney diseases, liver failure, hypertension, Increase in gallstones, chest pain etc.
Simple ways to control it
You have just read how Mr C increases. Now you have to do the complete opposite to decrease it.
Which is to be active, a daily 30 mins workout is sufficient. However, if you need a certain physique, you need to give more efforts. Decide whatever you want to do, just stay consistent
Eat a healthy balanced diet. Right now, I am eating the best diet I can possibly have. This diet is balanced and calculated, and I should thank my coach for it.
Quit smoking, smoking is injurious to health. You can read this on the packet as well along with a terrifying cancerous pic. If you want to see me become the best Health & wellness blogger, then quit smoking.
Go for a regular check-up. The best way to counter anything is to know about it in advance. After reading this mesmerizing blog, get your blood tested. It will tell you a lot about your body. You can then take the necessary step.
That’s it for this blog. I was expecting it to be less wordy, but well when I am in good mood I just keep writing. My first idea was to make this blog a serious one. But, while researching for this blog I read 20+ blogs and all were serious. Then I thought to write it in my style.
Drop comments below if you leant something new, even if you didn’t then let me know how to improve it.
Until next time, keep smiling.