So what exactly is cholesterol?
In layman's terms and without getting too much into microbiology, Cholesterol is made by our body, about 75 % of it is produced by the liver. its needed for various bodily functions, Primarily being
Conversion of Vitamin D3 from Sunlight
Production of sex hormones
Maintains neurological health
There are two types of cholesterol
High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) : Also known as the "Good Cholesterol", because it protects the heart by cleaning up the arteries by taking the LDL in the blood vessel back to the liver to get broken down and removed from the body.
Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) : Known to be the "Bad Cholesterol", since when we have too much of it, it starts getting accumulated in our arteries over the time and start forming something that is called as Plaques, which in turns ends up closing the pathway of the blood, increasing risks for heart disease, stroke.
Normally when someone has their blood work done, most of the doctors check their Total cholesterol and the solution to it being a prescription of Statin which is a cholesterol-lowering drug. When in fact they should be checking the HDL/LDL ratio and your Triglyceride levels. Even if someone's LDL levels are high it is not a bad thing if their HDL levels are also good.
#Popular myth about cholesterol High cholesterol causes Heart attack and Strokes
If that is not the truth then what is?
Yes, Inflammation is our body's normal reaction to start the healing process, For example, if we get a cut, the immune system sends more blood and white blood cells to the affected area and also clots the blood as soon as possible so we don't bleed out. This is a very common process that happens every time inflammation sets in.
Hence when there is an inflammation in the arteries, due to damage to the endothelial cells. the body's first reaction is to thicken the blood, which results in clotting leading to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure.
What causes inflammation in the arteries?
Eating too much white sugar
Eating too much-processed food
Lack of physical activity
Lack of sleep
Poor Mental Health
High LDL levels
What can people do about it?
Check your CRP levels C- Reactive Protein (CRP) is a type of protein produced by the liver. the levels of CRP increases when there is an infection or inflammation in the arteries. The higher the levels the more risk your body is at for an inflammation. it doesn't indicate just one or two diseases, it can range from Heart diseases, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel diseases, etc.
Ultimately its lifestyle changes which is going to improve your overall health and not pills. Medications treat symptoms. It does not provide a permanent solution. The body has its own healing mechanism, We just have to give it the proper tools so it can work the way it is supposed to. P.S i am not saying all medications are unnecessary, in many cases, they are needed when there is no other option. But it's important to get to the root of the problem and fix it, and no medicine will do that, only a lifestyle change will.