High Cholestrol, the Silent Killer

New York Times Magazine

Poor lifestyles can cause high cholesterol, which is a sneaky ailment. Millions of people do not know they are suffering from this disease. Your body is trying to warn you that your levels are dangerously high by giving you this sensation in your arms.

Due to plaque buildup in your arteries, high cholesterol frequently causes emergency occurrences such as strokes or heart attacks. It can also lead to heart disease and other problems.

High cholesterol 

Your liver creates cholesterol, which resembles waxy fat. For the synthesis of vitamin D, some hormones, and cell membranes, it is essential. Cholesterol cannot go through your body on its own since it does not dissolve in water.

Lipoproteins, which are small, assist in moving cholesterol through the circulation. Lipoproteins come in two main varieties.

Coronary artery disease, often known as heart disease, develops as cholesterol deposits accumulate in the arteries and obstruct blood flow.

Typically, it manifests as a heart attack or angina (chest discomfort).



These signs include:
  1. Chest, shoulder, or arm ache or pain
  2. A feeling of unsteadiness, faintness, weakness, nausea, or chilly sweats.
  3. Breathing difficulties

Who is in danger?

Between the ages of 20 and 39, men are more likely than women to have high total cholesterol.

At other ages, women are more likely than men to have high blood cholesterol.

Typically, the cholesterol levels of family members are comparable.

This shows that having poor cholesterol levels may be a genetic risk.

Simply put, high cholesterol is a disorder brought on by having an excessive amount of cholesterol, a fatty substance, in your body.

Being overweight, eating too much fatty food, not exercising enough, smoking, and drinking too much can all contribute to high cholesterol.

It may cause your blood vessels to get clogged, increasing your risk of developing heart issues or having a stroke.

Since high cholesterol seldom causes symptoms, the only way to know whether you have it is through a blood test, which may need to be done by your doctor or pharmacist. Your doctor could suggest a drug to lower cholesterol.

Types of cholesterol-lowering drugs include:
  1. Statins
  2. PCSK9 inhibitors
  3. Fibric acid derivatives (also called fibrates)
  4. Bile acid sequestrants (also called bile acid resins)
  5. Nicotinic acid (also called niacin)
  6. Selective cholesterol absorption inhibitors
  7. Omega-3 fatty acids and fatty acid esters.
  8. Adenosine triphosphate-citrate lyase (ACL) inhibitors.
Conclusion
It's crucial to lead a healthy lifestyle because high cholesterol doesn't always show symptoms. Eat well, stay active, and routinely check your cholesterol levels at the doctor's office to keep them under control.

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