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Dictionary- Cholesterol

Posted Jul 08 2008 6:13am
All over the news I have been hearing about children as young as 8 being treated for high cholesterol. With the obesity epidemic and high risk of heart disease I thought I would define what cholesterol really is in today's dictionary term. Everyone knows that cholesterol clogs your arteries and leads to heart disease but what else is there to it? According to Wikipedia, " Cholesterol is a lipid found in the cell membranes of all animal tissues, and it is transported in the blood plasma of all animals. Cholesterol is also a sterol (a combination steroid and alcohol). Because cholesterol is synthesized by all eukaryotes, trace amounts of cholesterol are also found in membranes of plants and fungi." Ok so we now know that cholesterol is a lipid and lipids are fats. High cholesterol occurs when someone consumes too much fat. Because cholesterol is a fat it does not get absorbed in the blood stream. But what about HDL and LDL, good cholesterol and bad cholesterol but what exactly does that all mean? WebMd says that, "The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly. Its cell walls, or membranes, need cholesterol in order to produce hormones, vitamin D and the bile acids that help to digest fat. But, the body needs only a small amount of cholesterol to meet its needs. When too much is present health problems such as coronary heart disease may develop...Low density lipoproteins (LDL): LDL, also called "bad" cholesterol, can cause buildup of plaque on the walls of arteries. The more LDL there is in the blood, the greater the risk of heart disease. High density lipoproteins (HDL): HDL, also called "good" cholesterol, helps the body get rid of bad cholesterol in the blood. The higher the level of HDL cholesterol, the better. If your levels of HDL are low, your risk of heart disease increases. Very low density lipoproteins (VLDL): VLDL is similar to LDL cholesterol in that it contains mostly fat and not much protein. Triglycerides: Triglycerides are another type of fat that is carried in the blood by very low density lipoproteins. Excess calories, alcohol or sugar in the body are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells throughout the body. "My point of this article is this high cholesterol problem in the US is becoming an epidemic. As parents we can prevent it from getting out of control by teaching our children how to eat properly. I know when you are busy it is so tempting to go through the McDonald's drive through and get your child a happy meal. When kids as young as 2 start eating Happy Meals or other fat filled foods they could be at a higher risk for getting high cholesterol and heart disease. That is why kids today are being treated for high cholesterol. If you are a busy parent prepare your meals for the week ahead of time. There are great recipes out there for healthy casseroles and other pre-prepared meals. Try that. Once your family starts eating more healthy you will thank me.Cascia My Technorati...

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