The Silent Killer
Cholesterol considered as a silent killer because it shows no obvious symptoms nor pain. Some may experience a stiff shoulders when the cholesterol levels increase, some feels sick and actually vomiting, but not everyone with cholesterol problem feels anything.
Cholesterol is a vital element for maintaining good health and only becomes a problem when the level in our blood is too high.
Controlled by the liver, it produces and dispose cholesterol through our blood. In fact 80% of cholesterol is produced by our liver and the 20% comes from our diet.
Genetics also play an important role for our cholesterol level. We need to pay extra attention if we have a family history of stroke or heart disease.
Controlling cholesterol level regularly is recommended because there is no indication which can warn us of unbalanced levels. It vary by age, weight, and gender.
Cholesterol measured in three categories:
~ HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) “the good cholesterol” healthy level is 60 mg/dl (milligrams per decilitre) or higher. Less than that is considered low and it becomes a serious health alert if less than 40 mg/dL.
~ LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) “the bad cholesterol” acceptable level is less than 100 mg/dl. Up to 130 mg/dl is still normal for a healthy person. 160 mg/dl is high and 190 mg/dl or higher is a dangerous level.
~ Total cholesterol levels between HDL and LDL should be less than 200 mg/dl. 240 mg/dl is high and above is considered dangerous.
Balancing these 3 levels is necessary and it’s actually the main problem. The total and LDL cholesterol levels should be low, while trying to having more HDL cholesterol.
Balancing cholesterol in early life is better as it’ll be more difficult to managing when we get older as cholesterol levels tend to increase with age.
It’s even recommended to start monitoring our cholesterol levels as early as 18 years old and as early as 8 years old if we are from a family with heart problem history. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.