Before you decide bite into that next fried greasy burger with bacon and cheese on top with a side of cheesy fries. Take a moment to think about what is this going to do to my body now and in the future…will my body survive this delicious meal that I am oh so craving???
What is Cholesterol????
Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver and found in certain foods. Cholesterol is needed to make vitamin D, some hormones, build cell walls, and create bile salts that help you digest fat. Your liver produces about 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol a day, enough cholesterol so that if you never touched another cheese fry, you’d be OK. Lipids are fats that are found throughout the body. Cholesterol, a type of lipid, is found in foods from animal sources. This means that eggs, meats, and whole-fat dairy products (including milk, cheese, and ice cream) are loaded with cholesterol — and vegetables, fruits, and grains contain none.
In order for cholesterol to travel through the bloodstream it has to combine with proteins. These proteins pick-up cholesterol and transport it to different parts of the body. When this happens, the cholesterol and protein form a lipoprotein together. Cholesterol levels should be measured at least once every five years in everyone over the age of 20. The screening test that is a blood test called a lipid panel.
The two most important types of lipoproteins are high-density lipoproteins (or HDL) and low-density lipoproteins (or LDL). You’ve probably heard people call LDL cholesterol “bad cholesterol” and HDL cholesterol “good cholesterol” because of their very different effects on the body. The LDL cholesterol can clog the walls of your arteries and increase your chances of getting heart disease. That is why LDL cholesterol is referred to as “bad” cholesterol. Once the walls of your arteries are clog it will keep the blood from flowing through the body the way it should. The lower your LDL cholesterol number, the lower your risk, anything less than 100 is ideal and any number between 130-159 is boarderline high. On the other hand, HDL cholesterol removes cholesterol from the blood vessels and carries it back to the liver, where it can be processed and sent out of the body. the higher the number, the lower your risk. This is because HDL cholesterol protects against heart disease by taking the “bad” cholesterol out of your blood and keeping it from building up in your arteries.
I know its hard to avoid cholesterol because so many foods contain it but I’m not asking you or telling you to STOP eating foods that contain cholesterol I just want you to be aware of what Cholesterol is and how it can affect your heart…Now that you know what are you going to do about it and have you checked your cholesterol levels?