Cholesterol is a fatty substance naturally present in all cells of the human body necessary for normal body function. Most of the cholesterol is produced in the liver, also obtained even through some foods.
Cholesterol is found in our body as part of cell membranes, lipoproteins, steroid hormones and bile acids.
The main disorder that causes cholesterol in the body when in excess is for the production of fatty deposits in arteries vital, causing atherosclerosis, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Cholesterol is an important constituent of gallstones.
The animal-derived foods are rich in cholesterol especially eggs, dairy and meats. The body absorbs about half the cholesterol content in the diet. Plant sterols are poorly absorbed by the body.
The liver is the main producer organ cholesterol (10 % total), still other important organs such as the intestine production, adrenal cortex, testes and ovaries. Cholesterol synthesis is regulated mainly by the intake of dietary cholesterol.
Cholesterol “good and cholesterol “bad”
Lipoproteins are sustanncias by which fats like cholesterol, cholesterol esters, triglycerides and phospholipids are transported through the blood.
The steps you can take to improve your cholesterol and help prevent heart disease and heart attack include:
In our Heart Center will help you work hand in hand with our medical specialists to set goals for cholesterol.