To understand why you need to get yourselves checked regularly for cholesterol, first you must understand what it is and the threats it may pose to your body.
So, let’s start with the most basic question: What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is carried all over the body by proteins. The amalgamation of proteins and cholesterol is called the lipoprotein. These amalgamated lipoproteins come in two variants – Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL) commonly termed as the ‘bad’ cholesterol and the High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) which is also called the ‘good’ cholesterol.
While healthy cholesterol levels are vital for proper functioning of the body, high levels of cholesterol in the blood can hinder the proper circulation of blood in the body. There are several reasons as to why a regular cholesterol check-up is extremely necessary for an individual, but we have listed the top 4 reasons for you. These are conditions or circumstances associated with cholesterol that can escalate quickly if neglected in the beginning:
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is closely associated with high cholesterol. The narrowing or hardening of arteries due to calcium and cholesterol plaque can cause a lot strain on the heart. Due to narrowed arteries, the heart would pump harder which may cause abnormalities in the blood pressure levels.
Strokes generally occur due to a reduction in the blood supply to some part of the brain or when the oxygen-carrying blood vessels get damaged, blocked or they burst. The lack of necessary amount of oxygen to the brain can lead to a stroke and is extremely fatal.
Type II Diabetes
Type II Diabetes is yet another deadly condition that can be directly linked to cholesterol levels in the body. Despite regulating a normal blood sugar level, diabetic patients are likely to have higher levels of triglycerides and LDL and significantly low HDL levels. This increases the chances of blockage in the arteries which can consequently cause heart attacks and strokes.
Any kind of coronary heart diseases is linked with high cholesterol levels. The main characteristic of it is the blockage or bursting of blood carrying vessels. Cholesterol also contributes to the blockage of the blood vessels causing several kinds of heart-related problems.
After having understood the vast possibilities of diseases and conditions caused by a high levels of cholesterol, it is imperative that we start taking extra precautionary measures at an early stage and avoid getting stuck in an inactive, immobile lifestyle that aggravates the chances of our body falling into a loop of medical conditions. It’s imperative that we keep ourselves healthy by eating better, cleaner and fresher food and exercise from time to time.