Summary: Facts on high cholesterol that you might not want to hear but have to know.
Be afraid…be very afraid…high cholesterol does exhibit physical symptoms. It does not make you feel sick nor does it give out warning signs.
A person can be diagnosed with high cholesterol after undergoing a cholesterol test which involves taking a blood sample from the patient to find out his cholesterol levels. An individual who haven’t been through this test may find out that he has high cholesterol levels if he has experienced a heart attack or stroke or if he has been diagnosed by the doctor to have coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, or inflammation of the pancreas. Some patients show bumps in tendons in the hands or feet caused by cholesterol deposits on the skin.
This lipid disease is medically known as familial hypercholesterolemia, which is also associated with very high inherited cholesterol levels. A lipid problem such as this but with high triglyceride level as well is called familial combined hyperlipidemia. Heredity plays a crucial role in your cholesterol levels. Your genes can influence how high cholesterol level can be by influencing the rate at which bad cholesterol is produced eliminated by your body.
Your eating habits can contribute to a high cholesterol level. Two main culprits that can raise your cholesterol levels from the food you eat are saturated fat and cholesterol, both of which can be found from foods that come from animals. Taking in too much saturated fat and cholesterol is the primary cause of high cholesterol levels and high cases of heart attacks in the United States. Decreasing saturated fat and cholesterol intake means changing your eating pattern for a healthier cholesterol levels. Exercise must be done along with the change in diet as it is found to be responsible in raising good cholesterol levels.
While alcohol is said to increase the good cholesterol level, it does not lower the bad cholesterol level. And while it is said to be good for the heart, too much of it can actually damage the heart muscle, endanger the liver, raise triglyceride levels, and can lead to high blood pressure. So alcohol is not a means to protect a person from heart disease.
Stress can sometimes be a sneaky cause of high cholesterol levels. Over time, stress is found to raise cholesterol levels. One possible reason for this is because stress can affect our eating patterns. Some people under stress find relief in eating what they want regardless of the saturated fat and cholesterol content.
High cholesterol does not wave flags in order for a person to know he has it. The symptoms are basically the consequences of heart disease. Without undergoing cholesterol tests, one other way that you’ll know you have high cholesterol is by having a heart attack. Scary but true.