In our previous post, we discussed about high cholesterol and the health problems that may result from it. We will share more information about the condition today.
There are a number of factors that can cause high cholesterol. First of all, you can develop high cholesterol by eating unhealthy foods. Cholesterol can be found in many types of food, but you should be more concerned with the amount of saturated fat you consume. Smoking can also lead to high cholesterol, because it contains a chemical called acrolein. This chemical prevents high-density lipoproteins from transporting cholesterol to the liver, resulting in atherosclerosis. Health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as a family history of heart disease or stroke, are other contributing factors to high cholesterol.
It is recommended that you go for a blood cholesterol test if you:
- are over 40 years old
- are overweight
- are suffering from diabetes, hypertension, or other health conditions that can raise cholesterol levels
- have been diagnosed with heart disease or stroke
- have a family history of early heart disease or a close family member with a cholesterol-related condition
High cholesterol can be treated or prevented by maintaining a healthy diet. It is essential that you eat more vegetables, fruits, and wholegrain cereals, and cut down your consumption of fatty foods, especially those that are high in saturated fat. Regular exercise and quitting smoking can also make a big difference in your cholesterol levels. If you find that these measures do not work for you, you can consult one of our doctors.