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Your cholesterol levels might be on the borderline

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that's found in the fats (lipids) in your blood.

Why Cholesterol (LDL & HDL) is essential in human body?

Cholesterol itself isn’t bad. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and digestive fluids. Cholesterol also helps your organs function properly. LDL and HDL. Both are lipoproteins, which are compounds made of fat and Protein that are responsible for carrying cholesterol throughout the body in the blood.


Blood Cholesterol Level Chart
Desirable Borderline (high) High risk
Total Cholesterol < 200 200-240 240
Low Density Cholesterol < 130 130-160 160
High Density Cholesterol > 50 50-35 35

Functions.

  • It aids in the production of sex hormones.
  • It’s a building block for human tissues.
  • It assists in bile production in the liver.

Low cholesterol (hypocholesterolemia) level may lead to-

  • Depression and anxiety
  • hopelessness
  • nervousness
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • difficulty making a decision
  • changes in your mood, sleep, or eating patterns
  • liver disease

With the increased use of medication to suppress cholesterol levels, some have expressed concern that lowering cholesterol levels excessively will itself cause disease.

Low cholesterol may lead to diseases like,

Age group Diseases
Children or Teenage(0-18yrs) Malnutrition
Malabsorption
Marfan syndrome(a genetic disorder of the connective tissue)
Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome( an inborn error of cholesterol synthesis)
Hypobetalipoproteinemia(a genetic disease that causes cholesterol readings below 50 mg/dl)
Adults(19-50yrs) Hyperthyroidism(overactive thyroid gland)
Liver disease
Malabsorption
Abetalipoproteinemia
Elder(60yrs & above) Adrenal insufficiency(adrenal glands do not produce adequate amounts of steroid hormones)
Leukemias(a group of cancers)
Manganese deficiency

Lifestyle changes

  • Exercise
  • Eat more fiber(WHOLE GRAINS)
  • Eat healthy fats(NUTS,OLIVE OIL)
  • Quit smoking