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A Simple Guide to: What is High Cholesterol?

A Simple Guide to: What is High Cholesterol?

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(OrganicJar) To understand high blood cholesterol (ko-LES-ter-ol), it is important to know more about cholesterol.

  • Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to work the right way. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs.
  • Cholesterol is also found in some of the foods you eat.
  • Your body uses cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods.

Blood is watery, and cholesterol is fatty. Just like oil and water, the two do not mix. To travel in the bloodstream, cholesterol is carried in small packages called lipoproteins (lip-o-PRO-teens). The small packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside. Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body. It is important to have healthy levels of both:

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is sometimes called bad cholesterol.
    • High LDL cholesterol leads to a buildup of cholesterol in arteries. The higher the LDL level in your blood, the greater chance you have of getting heart disease.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is sometimes called good cholesterol.
    • HDL carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. The liver removes the cholesterol from your body. The higher your HDL cholesterol level, the lower your chance of getting heart disease.

What Is High Blood Cholesterol?

Too much cholesterol in the blood, or high blood cholesterol, can be serious. People with high blood cholesterol have a greater chance of getting heart disease. High blood cholesterol on its own does not cause symptoms, so many people are unaware that their cholesterol level is too high.

Cholesterol can build up in the walls of your arteries (blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body). This buildup of cholesterol is called plaque (plak). Over time, plaque can cause narrowing of the arteries. This is called atherosclerosis (ath-er-o-skler-O-sis), or hardening of the arteries.


The illustration shows a normal artery with normal blood flow (figure A) and an artery containing plaque buildup (figure B).

Special arteries, called coronary arteries, bring blood to the heart. Narrowing of your coronary arteries due to plaque can stop or slow down the flow of blood to your heart. When the arteries narrow, the amount of oxygen-rich blood is decreased. This is called coronary heart disease (CHD). Large plaque areas can lead to chest pain called angina (an-JI-nuh or AN-juh-nuh).

Angina happens when the heart does not receive enough oxygen-rich blood. Angina is a common symptom of CHD.

Some plaques have a thin covering and can burst (rupture), releasing cholesterol and fat into the bloodstream. The release of cholesterol and fat may cause your blood to clot. A clot can block the flow of blood. This blockage can cause angina or a heart attack.

Lowering your cholesterol level decreases your chance for having a plaque burst and cause a heart attack. Lowering cholesterol may also slow down, reduce, or even stop plaque from building up.

Plaque and resulting health problems can also occur in arteries elsewhere in the body.

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Source: nhlbi.nih.gov wikipedia.org

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  1. I do not have problems with my lipids and never have; I ate very little high fat foods, no red meat for 14 years, alot of white fish, eat alot of veg and fruits, stay away from carbs most of the time, very little bread, potatoes, rice or pasta, never pizza, very little sweet except Trader Joe’s 73% dark chocolate for desserts.

  2. This article is very informative, thanks for sharing. I avoid taking statins to lower bad cholesterol level because they may be harmful in the long run.
    Instead, I prefer taking aloe vera gel and fish oil capsules to make sure my low-density lipoprotein level is kept low.

  3. Cholesterol is a bodily reaction to Inflammation. A person must focus on reducing the actual problem, the inflammation, not the cholesterol! It would be like saying that we should take the firetrucks away from a fire, in order to save a building from burning (blaming the firetruck is like blaming the cholesterol).

    YES to Deena, staying away from Carbs is the answer (provokes Insulin over-reaction, causing Inflammation). And Fish Oils are super-good, Edwin is so smart to keep away from those Statins (hurt my Father-in-Law).

    If you are concerned AT ALL about cholesterol, please, please, please watch this lecture by Gary Taubes or read his book “Good Calories, Bad Calories.” It has changed my family’s life!!!


  4. Exercise, diet, lots of fiber and Omega-3’s brought my son’s cholesterol down 100 points in three months. I also have elevated cholesterol and have added to my regimen a resveritrol product my company makes – it has really helped me.

  5. This is a very good introduction to the dangers of high cholesterol.
    When I was in practice some years back I had great success with my patients using an Ayurvedic herb called guggulipid.
    practice I have regularly seen patients move from a fasting triglyceride reading of 450 mg/dl to 150 mg/dl within 12 weeks and cholesterol readings of 290 mg/dl (LDL 240/HDL 50) down to 204 mg/dl (LDL 124/HDL 80). Significantly, as compared with conventional drug therapy, no side effects were observed with my patients using guggulipid.

  6. Excellent article, I was told by my Doctor at my physical that my LDL, and my HDL were very high. He wanted me on Lipator now!, I said give me 60 days, I stopped eating fast food and took fish oil tablets 3 times a day. when I went back in 60 days He said what ever I’m doing keep it up. 2 years later my cholesterol is normal range. ( I eat once in a while fast food.)

  7. You should check out the Well Being Journal this month. It has an article about cholesterol that challenges traditional thinking. The article is written by an extremely credible source and has lots of references.

    Scary thing about high cholesterol shouldn’t neccessarily be the high cholesterol, but the drugs that doctors are prescribing for it. In the Well Being Journal there is also a great article on statins and research that is being hushed inorder for big corporations to profit.

    I am normally a sceptic of nutritional journalism but these guys really do there research and use scientific journals and bonefied experts to get there information. You will also find info on the latest GMO crisis.

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  9. I recommend people to go for jogging are play games with positive thinking. Due to this the blood flows fast and removes the LDL through sweating by the centripetal process and found excellent.

  10. it is easy to manage high cholesterol if you just become more conscious about your diet.

  11. ayurvedic herbs are really helpful on my dermatitis.`-;

  12. i am looking for a book about ayurvedic herbs, does anyone know a good book?,”*

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