Cholesterol is chemical substance that is produced by body. Cholesterol is an essential building block for cell membranes and for manufacturing the hormones like estrogen and testosterone. 80% cholesterol produced by the liver and rest 20% comes directly from your diet like egg, meat or dairy products. Liver is able to regulate your cholesterol level in your blood. But excess amount of cholesterol is not good for your health and it gives the negative impact on your health.
Now you are thinking about “why high cholesterol bad for health”. Basically there are two type of cholesterol:
1] LDL cholesterol (Low Density level)
2] HDL cholesterol (High Density level)
LDL cholesterol is known by bad cholesterol because up raised cholesterol increase the risk of heart diseases and your blood raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. Extra cholesterol may be store in arteries and your blood will not pass successfully from your heart to rest of your body. Storing more cholesterol in your arteries known by cholesterol plaque that cause thickening or blocking of your arteries and it lead to the formation of a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood. If your artery will not work properly, a heart attack can occur.
HDL cholesterol is known as good cholesterol because HDL cholesterol removes the risk of atherosclerosis by disposing extra cholesterol from the artery walls through the liver. Thus low levels of LDL cholesterol and high level of HDL cholesterol are desirable.
What is the main reason of high cholesterol level?
Mainly heredity and diet, two main reasons that increase the cholesterol level in your body.
Heredity: Familial hypercholesterolemia is a common inherited form of high cholesterol that may lead to heart disease during early adulthood.
Diet: Your body produced too much cholesterol when your diet is high in saturated fat. Its derived by animals meat and dairy products.