Inside High Cholesterol..........

shoulders
By shoulders Latest Reply 2011-08-14 00:12:26 -0500
Started 2011-08-09 23:04:38 -0500

When you have high cholesterol, your body may have too much bad cholesterol. This can lead to buildup on your artery walls. Cholesterol buildup can harden to form plaque.A process called ATHEROSCLEROSIS. Arteries become narrow, making it difficult for blood to flow through them. High Cholesterol doesn't have any symptoms, so a blood test is the only way to check it. TOTAL CHOLESTEROL-a combination of different types of cholesterol, including HDL and LDL. HDL called the "good" cholesterol because it helps the body get rid of extra "bad" cholesterol. LDL called the "bad" cholesterol because when you have too much, it can build up in your artery walls and form plaque. Triglycerides is a type of fat that is stored in your body's fat cells.


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SlatonLeo
SlatonLeo 2011-08-11 09:31:22 -0500 Report

I have been told for years I have high cholesterol, but I also read and was told no one can know for sure how high it should be because many people have it who live healthy lifestyle and others don't have it who do not care what they eat or how bad their health might be. So go figure.
I also can not take any of the statin drugs for it so I try to eat right most of the time and exercise when and where I can. That has not helped either so I really don't know.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-08-14 00:12:26 -0500 Report

Slaton,

LDL can be tricky. It is true that the average LDL of people with and without heart attacks is virtually identical. However, there is more to cholestrol than just how much you have by weight (i.e. mg/dL).

We are finding out that size and total number of particles is also important. For example, imagine two people each having one pound of marbles. One person has a single one pound marble while the other has 16 one ounce marbles. In the case of LDL cholesterol having many small particles is far worse than having fewer but larger particles. They both may register the same "weight" on the standard Friedewald cholestrol panel but there is a huge difference in their ability to cause heart disease!

That helps explain how two people can have the same cholesterol but only one develops heart disease.

HH

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