One in every six adults has high cholesterol. That is 16.3% of the U.S. adult population. People with high cholesterol levels are twice as likely to get heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is produced by the liver and is needed in order for your body to function properly. The liver needs cholesterol to produce vitamin D, hormones, build cell walls and acids to help digest fats. The body only needs a limited amount of cholesterol to meet its needs and function properly. When cholesterol levels are too high health problems such as heart disease may start to develop.
When cholesterol levels are too high, plaque may start to form in on the artery walls narrowing the space that the blood flows through to the heart. Overtime, this buildup causes hardening of the arteries which can lead to heart disease.
So what causes high cholesterol? High cholesterol occurs if your body produces too much cholesterol, you get too much cholesterol through your diet or if your body is not able to get rid of enough cholesterol and sometimes family genetic conditions. Other factors that can lead to high cholesterol are:
- Age and Gender
Typically there are no symptoms of high cholesterol, so it is extremely important that you get regular checkups to ensure that your cholesterol levels are within normal range.
There are many steps you can take to help treat and prevent high cholesterol, but the first step needs to start with changing your lifestyle! Your Ultimate Nutrition and Wellness Center is here to help you do just that. We don’t cure high cholesterol, but we can get you on track to making the right healthy lifestyle changes. Diet and Exercise are the first areas that need to be address to change your habits and get you on the road to a healthy lifestyle.
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