The Dangers of High Cholesterol

Healthy food in heart container, stethoscope, and lemon waterCholesterol is a waxy substance in your blood that is vital to the healthy function of the body. However, too much cholesterol in your blood can be dangerous. There are two types of cholesterol – HDL, your good cholesterol, and LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. 25% of the cholesterol in your blood comes from food, meaning that the less healthy you eat, the higher your LDL levels are likely to be.

The Dangers of High LDL

  • Too much bad cholesterol in your blood can build up in your arteries, causing heart disease, heart attack, and stroke over time.
  • It can also affect your hormone production, causing a variety of thyroid problems.
  • LDL can have adverse effects on your nervous system, as it is disrupting blood flow to the brain and can even accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • High cholesterol can cause painful gallstones to form in your gallbladder.

How to Lower Your Cholesterol

Lowering your cholesterol has a significant impact on your overall health. Though it may require some lifestyle changes, such as regular physical activity and weight management, the benefits are tremendous.

At Figure Savers Weight Loss & Diet Center, our Howard County weight loss programs can be tailored to help you reduce your LDL levels. Contact us today at (443) 840-7818 to learn more about all of the benefits our program has to offer.