Contrary to what many may believe, most of the cholesterol in our bodies is produced by our own body. 75% of the cholesterol in our bodies is produced by the liver and 25% is produced by fatty foods. Cholesterol levels are high in more than 100 million people living in America and at normal levels it plays an important role in helping cells.
Over time the production of too much cholesterol could lead to build up of plaque inside the arteries. This condition is known as atherosclerosis in which the space for blood flow can narrow and cause heart disease. High cholesterol does not cause symptoms but it can be detected as well as lowered. A simple blood test can detect the levels of cholesterol in the body. The results will show your levels of “good” cholesterol, “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides.
Some things that boost your risk of developing high cholesterol:
A diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol
Being overweight or obese.
High cholesterol is one of the factors for strokes, heart attacks, and coronary artery disease. Diet change is a great way to fight high cholesterol. Good sources of fiber such as: oatmeal (My overnight oats recipe), fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, and kidney beans help. Also note that unsaturated fats may lower high cholesterol (olive oil, avocado, and peanut oil). Click here to read about the foods that can lower cholesterol.