Cholesterol is needed by the body to continue building healthy cells. However, if you have high cholesterol in your body this can increase your risk of developing medical conditions such as heart disease. Cholesterol is found in the fats in your blood and it is made up of a waxy substance.
When there is too much cholesterol in your body, you may develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. When this happens it will be difficult for your blood to flow freely on your arteries. When this happens your heart may not get enough oxygen-rich blood as it needs, which in return will increase the risk of a heart attack. When your brain won’t get enough blood circulation, this will cause a stroke.
The causes of high cholesterol can be inherited, but it’s often times, it is because of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Because of its nature, high cholesterol can be prevented and treatable. Proper diet, regular exercise or physical activity and with the help of medication, you will be able to reduce or control high cholesterol.
The only way cholesterol can be detected is a blood test. Your doctor might suggest more test if you have a family history of high cholesterol, heart disease and other risk factors, such as diabetes, smoking or high blood pressure.
Cholesterol is attached to proteins and carried by your blood to your body. The moment cholesterol is attached to a protein, it is called a lipoprotein. There are two types of lipoprotein, the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol and the high-density cholesterol (HDL) or good cholesterol. The LDL transports cholesterol particles throughout your body.
Consuming a lot of fatty food can increase the level of LDL cholesterol in your blood and its called high cholesterol, or hyperlipidemia. LDL will be stored in your arteries over time and because of this deposit, it will be hard for the blood to flow freely throughout your body. This can be dangerous especially in the heart and brain.
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If you are suffering from high cholesterol you may be eligible for Social Security health benefits. According to SSA this medical condition can be a qualifier for your application with SSDI and SSI.