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HIGH CHOLESTEROL


What is High Cholesterol?
Human body needs cholesterol to rebuild its cells and produce some hormones. Our bloodstream carries this fatty substance throughout our body. However, the body needs only a small amount of cholesterol, and when its amount exceeds more than what is required, we are said to have high cholesterol. High cholesterol is in a common condition, with its level rising with age. However, this condition can raise your risk of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Cholesterol is mainly produced in liver and the remaining portion comes from the diet. Dietary cholesterol is found in eggs, meats, and dairy products. Cholesterol can be classified into two types: low density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad" cholesterol and high density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good" cholesterol.

Symptoms of High Cholesterol:
LDL cholesterol can settle as fatty deposits on the inside of your blood vessels, which gradually turn into scars, known as plaques. “Bad” cholesterol also boosts the growth of additional cells in the lining of the arteries, shortening their diameter. Plaques can cause damage to the arteries and clog them. They often affect the coronary arteries feeding the heart, and this process is known as atherosclerosis that can cause heart attack, chest pain or stroke. The higher the levels of LDL the higher the risk of a heart attack. Usually high cholesterol shows no clear symptoms. It is a condition that doesn’t warn you earlier. People find they have high cholesterol only during a routine blood test and physical exam. They often have high blood pressure as well as the two are interconnected. Among the symptoms from the complications of high cholesterol are chest pain and pain in the calves caused by narrowed arteries to the legs. The main complications of high cholesterol are heart disease and stroke.

Causes of High Cholesterol:
Several factors may cause high cholesterol that includes weight, diet, and level of physical activity, age, drinking habits, and heredity. Men are usually found to have higher cholesterol than women.  Eating foods rich in saturated fats is a common cause of high cholesterol. Obesity, sedentary lifestyle etc. can also increase one’s cholesterol level. High cholesterol may also be caused by an inherited genetic condition, called familial hypercholesterolemia. Diabetes, hypothyroidism, liver disease, and kidney disease can push up cholesterol levels.

 

Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol:
Home Remedies and Natural:

  • Having a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol;
  • Eating a variety of vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds;
  • Indulging in physical activity
  • Keeping a healthy body weight; and
  • Cutting down on alcohol consumption and the habit of smoking and keep your blood pressure in control.
  • Drink water and coriander water daily
  • Apply mudpack over abdomen
  • Have oat bran 14 and take steam baths daily.
  • Take in soy compounds or soy and sunflower seeds.

For people with high risk for coronary artery disease, drug therapy is started immediately along with lifestyle changes.

AyurvedicTtreatment Center at Bangalore is best center for treating Cholesterol.
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