High Cholesterol

Cholesterol, High

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Definition

Hyperlipidemia is an elevation in one or more of the following lipids: cholesterol, cholesterol esters, triglycerides or phospholipids. High cholesterol levels in the blood have been shown to accelerate atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart disease, strokes and peripheral vascular disease (blockage of circulation to the extremities, usually the legs). High levels of cholesterol in the blood is influenced by hereditary factors and diet (mostly saturated fat). By the age of 20, cholesterol levels begin to rise in both men and women. Women usually have lower cholesterol levels than men prior to menopause, but the levels actually increase above men's levels after menopause. Individuals with cholesterol levels greater than 240 mg/dl double the risk of developing atherosclerosis.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is found naturally in the body including the liver, blood, brain, nerves and bile. It is produced mainly in the liver and is used for digestion (bile acids), membrane integrity and as a sex hormone precursor. If cholesterol is not used up by the body, it remains in the blood where it can become oxidized and form plaques or lesions on the arterial walls.
Two types of cholesterol:

1) LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)
LDL is considered the "bad cholesterol" that picks up cholesterol and deposits it in the arteries and tissues. It appears that LDL cholesterol may only become harmful when it is oxidized.
2) HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)
HDL is considered the "good cholesterol" that picks up cholesterol and transports it back to the liver for elimination.
Triglycerides
Triglycerides are blood fats composed of three fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone.
Averages:
1) Total Cholesterol
Average = 200 mg/dl
Borderline High = 200-239 mg/dl
High Risk = 240 mg/dl and above
2) HDL
Average = Men: 45-50 mg/dl
Women: 50-60 mg/dl
Higher Protection = 70-80 mg/dl
High Risk = <35 mg/dl
3) LDL
Recommended level = <130 mg/dl
4) Triglycerides
Recommended level = 50-150 mg/dl
Signs and Symptoms
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- Total Cholesterol levels >200 mg/dl
- HDL levels <35 mg/dl
- LDL levels > 130 mg/dl