High Cholesterol, we hear about it all the time in the news, in magazines and for some of us, from our physicians. But, do you know the meaning/definition of High Cholesterol?
What Is Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.(source) mayoclinic.org. It seems the old saying still rings true: “Too much of a Good Thing is a Bad Thing.” As you read above our bodies need cholesterol to build healthy cells, but too much cholesterol can lead to heart disease.
Where Does Cholesterol Come From
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that comes from two sources: your body and food. Your body, and especially your liver, makes all the cholesterol you need and circulates it through the blood. But cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. (source) www.heart.org/
Types of Cholesterol
There are two main types of cholesterol that are carried by different types of lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are sometimes called “bad” cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol can build up in your arteries, causing heart disease. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are referred to as “good” cholesterol. (source) www.healthline.com/
What Causes High Cholesterol
Eating too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol can cause high cholesterol. Saturated fat and cholesterol
are in foods that come from animals, such as meats, whole milk, egg
yolks, butter, and cheese. Trans fat is found in fried foods and
packaged foods, such as cookies, crackers, and chips. (source) www.webmd.com/
Complications/Diseases Linked to High Cholesterol
Coronary heart disease
The main risk associated with high cholesterol is coronary heart
disease (CHD). Your blood cholesterol level can increase the risk of
getting heart disease. If your cholesterol is too high, it builds up on
the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup (called plaque)
causes hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This condition
causes arteries to become narrowed, slowing blood flow to the heart. The
narrowed blood vessels reduce blood flow to the heart. This can result
in angina (chest pain) or in a heart attack in cases when a blood vessel
is blocked completely.
Stroke can result if the blood supply to part of the brain is
reduced. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and
nutrients to the brain becomes blocked or bursts. When stroke occurs,
part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so it starts
Peripheral vascular disease
High cholesterol also has been linked to peripheral vascular disease
(PAD), which refers to diseases of blood vessels outside the heart and
brain. In PAD, fatty deposits build up along artery walls and affect
blood circulation, mainly in arteries leading to the legs and feet.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is another disease linked to high cholesterol because
diabetes can affect the different cholesterol levels. Even if blood
sugar control is good, people with diabetes tend to have increased
triglycerides, decreased HDL, and sometimes increased LDL. This
increases the likelihood of developing narrowing in the arteries.
High blood pressure
High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol also are
linked. When the arteries become hardened and narrowed with cholesterol
plaque and calcium (atherosclerosis), the heart has to strain much
harder to pump blood through them. As a result, blood pressure becomes
Treatment for High Cholesterol
Treatments for High Cholesterol include drugs, prescription medications, alternative treatments, surgery, and lifestyle changes.
Now, that I’ve brought you up to date with the ideology, causes and treatment about High Cholesterol I want to explain to you the importance of Clinical Trials.
Clinical Trials are designed to test out new medications on volunteer participants. Volunteers are given the opportunity to test the latest medications before anyone else. This process benefits medical research, future generations and the participant. Think of the diseases that can be treated and maybe eventually cured through the process of clinical trials. In order for clinical trials to be more successful more participants need to sign up. When you see or hear about a clinical trial even if it doesn’t apply to you, spread the word. Someone somewhere may be able to benefit. Just like we share jokes and other news on our social media channels, let’s share about clinical trials.
Clinical Trial for People with High Cholesterol and Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Currently their is a clinical trial available for people with High Cholesterol and risk factors for heart disease. Please click this LINK to find out more information about the trial and see if you qualify. If this trial is NOT for you, please feel free to share it with your family and friends.