Our body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells. It is a waxy, fat-like substance that is present in the blood. However, anything present in larger amounts in the body can be harmful to health. High cholesterol happens when there is an imbalance in the body between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol levels. When this waxy and fat substance called cholesterol builds up, it forms plaque that leads to blockages in the blood arteries, hindering the blood flow and thus heart fails to function. This can lead to angina, chest pain, coronary artery disease and blockages in blood flow to the heart, which can cause a heart attack. Symptoms of high cholesterol include nausea, numbness, fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath. Ways to manage cholesterol levels include exercising regularly, filling up on fiber, adding more foods that are rich in omega-3 fat, switching to olive oil, adding more nuts to the diet and adding garlic to the morning diet routine.
Today: December 2, 2023