We may all understand that high cholesterol isn’t good for our health, but do we know the factors which might raised our cholesterol levels? There are a few factors which can trigger a high cholesterol levels, such as age, diet, diseases, gender, genetics, lifestyle and weight.
High cholesterol becomes more common as we age as the excess of cholesterol in our blood accumulated over time, narrowing the arteries, decreasing the blood flows and causing the problem for body organs to functioning properly.
Our body produced enough cholesterol needed to maintain a good health and we don’t actually need too much extra cholesterol from the foods we eat. Eating foods containing high levels saturated fats, even if the fats themselves do not contain cholesterol can accelerate the cholesterol levels. Foods from plant sources which claiming that they are 100% cholesterol free doesn’t mean that they’re good to consume.
Diabetes, high blood pressure and hypertension can raise our cholesterol levels.
Women in general are less at risk of suffering from high cholesterol at an early age than men because of the estrogen, a group of primary female sex hormones which beneficial for almost every organs. During menopause till around the age of 50, when women are in their post menopausal years, the protection of estrogen gradually disappear. After menopause, the risk of high cholesterol levels in women is equal to that of men.
Monitor the cholesterol levels as early as 8 years old is recommended for children with a family history of stroke or heart disease as it’s caused by high cholesterol levels and the tendency towards high cholesterol levels is often passed on from parents to their children and grandchildren.
Lack of exercise, cigarettes and stress also can raise the cholesterol levels.
An overweight person tends to have high cholesterol levels, especially when the excess weight is centered in the abdominal part, while it’s less risky for the extra weight on the other body parts, such as arms, legs or buttocks.
High cholesterol affects our hearts and will cause cardiovascular disease. It’s definitely wiser to reducing the risk by eliminating all of those factors as high cholesterol levels show no obvious symptoms nor pain. It’s a silent killer.