High cholesterol is a condition where there is too much cholesterol (a fat-like substance) in your blood and it builds up in the walls of your arteries. Over time, this buildup causes “hardening of the arteries” so that arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart is slowed down or blocked. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely cut off by a blockage, the result is a heart attack.
A variety of conditions contribute to high cholesterol. A diet high in saturated fat increases your cholesterol levels. Overweight and obesity are risk factors. Not being physically active is another risk factor for heart disease. As people age, their cholesterol levels rise. Before the age of menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels. Your genes partly determine how much cholesterol your body makes.
Symptoms of high cholesterol may be silent until you have a heart attack. Some people notice shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, and a general malaise. It is important to keep your cholesterol levels down because, once you contract the condition, you may already be set for a heart attack.
Usual therapies prescribed by doctors include cholesterol lowering medications and dietary corrections. They may also suggest exercise on a regular basis.
To avoid high cholesterol, start at an early age to follow a healthy diet. Eat only whole, natural foods that are preferably organic and free of pesticides. Avoid processed TV dinners and other “synthetic” foods. Consider adding freshly squeezed vegetable juices to your daily food plan. Use a multiple vitamin. There are many natural supplements on the internet and in health food stores that are available and labeled that they reduce cholesterol.
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