Overweight Often Leads To An Increase In Cholesterol And Diabetes – Part 2 of 3
High cholesterol is strongly connected to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of end in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 2300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day – an average of one death every 38 seconds.
Cholesterol, which is a waxy substance, occurs easily in the human body. In fact, the body produces about 75 percent of the cholesterol needed to perform important tasks, which include building cell walls, creating hormones, processing vitamin D and producing bile acids that swallow fats, according to the US National Institutes of Health.
The other 25 percent of a person’s cholesterol is ingested in foods that are eaten. But many people’s diets take in the wrong type of cholesterol. They eat foods loaded with saturated fats or trans fats, which increase levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the bloodstream.
LDL, the professed “bad” cholesterol, forms plaques on the sides of artery walls, narrowing the arteries and forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. Saturated fats are found in most animal products, and trans fats are found in processed foods that hold back hydrogenated oils. But other foods are rich in “good” cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.
It acts as the bloodstream’s garbage rubbish by rounding up and hauling off some of the bad cholesterol. These days, it’s easier than ever to choose foods that contain lots of good cholesterol and little to no bad cholesterol. There are lots of thriving choices, including low-fat or nonfat dairy products, lean cuts of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and grains.