Your body makes all the cholesterol that it needs. However, over a period of years, extra cholesterol from the animal products that we eat builds up the walls of the arteries in the form of plaques. These plaques gradually increase in size and make the arteries supplying blood to the heart narrower and narrower. As a result, less blood gets to the heart. Blood carries oxygen to the heart, and if enough oxygen-rich blood cannot reach to heart, you may suffer chest pain called ‘Angina’. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off the result is a heart attack.
Sometimes, plaques dislodge or produce a clot and obstruct the arteries resulting in “Angina” or a heart attack.
A raised level of cholesterol has also been linked to other diseases including dementia and kidney failure.
Besides cholesterol, a high level of triglycerides in the blood may also increase the risk of heart disease.
What makes your blood Cholesterol high?
There are several factors that can raise your blood cholesterol level:
a) Diet rich in saturated fats
c) Physical inactivity
g) Certain disease e.g. diabetes, diseases of the kidney and the thyroid gland
i) Use of oral contraceptives
j) Increased age
k) Gender – women during childbearing age usually have a lower cholesterol level than those of man of the same age.
l) Hereditary factors
For more information you can check heart diseases and foods here.
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