Hypercholesterolemia is a condition where there is an excess of cholesterol in the blood. (A blood cholesterol of 200 mg/100 ml of blood or more is abnormal.)
We need cholesterol in the synthesis of some important metabolic substances such as the bile and some hormones. It also becomes an integral part of every cell. The body, through the liver, is able to produce its own cholesterol from raw materials such as carbohydrates, protein and fat. Aside from biosynthesized cholesterol, the body receives performed cholesterol from animal foods eaten.
From the liver to the different cells, cholesterol is transported by lipoproteins through the bloodstream. Along the way, cholesterol may be deposited in the artery wall. It is the deposit of cholesterol in arteries that creates conditions leading to stroke and heart attack.
- Genetic Reasons
- Poor health habits such as:
- Overconsumption of fat
- Poor coping with stress
- Elevated total cholesterol level is equal to or greater than 200 mg/100 ml blood.
Note: Hypercholesterolemia often occurs along with other diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and renal disease.
Helpful dietary Management
- Increase physical activity. Lose excess weight. See Reducing Diet.
Reference: Healing Wonders of Diet Effective Guide to Diet Therapy p.45 © 2003 Philippine Publishing House ISBN 971-581-013-6