Bad Cholesterol - What is it? Why Is It So Important That You Have To Keep It In Check?
The Bad Cholesterol...
It is called "bad", because elevated levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease. LDL lipoprotein deposits it on the artery walls, causing the formation of a hard, thick substance called plaque. Over time, this plaque causes thickening of the artery walls and narrowing of the arteries, a process called atherosclerosis.
What the big drug companies don't want you to know about saturated fat and Cholesterol.
They claimed there are "2 sources of cholesterol, from "food and family." What the big drug companies want you to believe is that high cholesterol is just unavoidable, since you not only get it from the food you eat. But also from your family.
All you need to do is take their little pills.
This is not true. The truth is the vast majority of people, with the exception of a few with a genetic disorder, can lower it by making simple dietary, lifestyle changes and through exercise.
For decades, we we told, of the relationship between LDL cholesterol and heart disease. This has affected everything from the food we eat to the drugs we take. This has lead people to believe, that all saturated-fat consumption raises your risk of heart disease.
The LDL hypothesis has also lead to the taking of the most-prescribed statin drugs in recent history. Americans spent more than $14 billion on LDL-lowering statin drugs in 2008 alone.
Cholesterol enters the body from saturated fats such as meat, poultry, egg yolks, liver, butter, cheese, and other dairy products. It is transported from the liver to the cells by low density lipoproteins (LDL), depositing it to the cells that need it.
The excess LDL stays in the blood where the cholesterol is deposited in the walls of arteries, causing atherosclerotic plaque. The more plaque that builds up, the narrower the arteries become. Until the blood supply to vital organs is reduced. This is why LDLs are known as the "bad cholesterol".
This is the reason why people are encouraged to eat 'unsaturated' fats and other foods which elevate good cholesterol levels.
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