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Why High Cholesterol Is Bad for You

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

The liver produces cholesterol, which is a waxy material. Cholesterol aids in the formation of cell tissue, the protection of nerves, and the production of specific hormones. It's also found in food such as eggs, meat, and dairy.

It's crucial to distinguish between the different cholesterol types. There are mainly two types, and they are low-density lipoprotein or LDL and high-density lipoprotein or HDL. LDL cholesterol is bad cholesterol, and it accumulates in the arteries and may cause a number of health problems. HDL is considered good cholesterol and is easily broken down and discarded in the liver. High LDL levels and low HDL levels may lead to a variety of health problems, particularly if these levels aren't kept in check.

Diabetes

If your poor cholesterol levels aren't controlled, you may get diabetes. When the pancreas fails to make enough insulin or cells don't react appropriately to insulin, diabetes occurs. Insulin helps in the management of blood sugar levels. If you are suffering from type 1 diabetes, you may not be able to produce any insulin. Being obese or having too much fat accumulating near the midsection is a common cause of type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes often has elevated cholesterol levels.

Heart Attack

When you have high cholesterol levels, the excess cholesterol is deposited in the arteries and eventually hardens into plaque. It makes blood flow through the arteries problematic.

Over time, if plaque development is unchecked, it may lead to elevated cholesterol levels.

Because of this, a person may get a heart attack. It's possible to have high cholesterol without experiencing any negative symptoms, and some individuals are unaware that they have it until they face a life-threatening incident. So it is important to get a regular check-up for high cholesterol levels.

Arterial Damage

Atherosclerosis, artery hardening, and heart disease are all linked to high cholesterol levels. Plaque development within the arteries causes atherosclerosis, which narrows the arteries and lowers blood flow. Chest pain, irregular heartbeat, and difficulty breathing are all indications of this condition.

This symptom may lead to a variety of other health problems. You may avoid a range of problems caused by clogged arteries by regularly monitoring your cholesterol levels.

Skin Growths

While cholesterol may result in a variety of internal health issues, not every high level of LDL symptom is internal.

Most people with high levels of cholesterol may not be aware they are suffering from elevated cholesterol levels until blood tests are done to confirm it. If you have high cholesterol levels, there are a few warning signs. One is xanthomas, a soft, yellow skin growth. You may overcome this condition by shifting to healthy diets.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Edmond, Okla.

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