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What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like compound belonging to a class of molecules called steroids. It is mostly made in the liver but is also found in certain foods, such as dairy products, eggs, and meat.

The body needs some cholesterol in order to function properly. It is needed to produce hormones especially sex hormones like progesterone, testosterone & estradiol, vitamin D, & bile acids which help to digest fat. It is also needed to form and maintain cell membranes as well as to protect and insulate nerve fibres

Why do we need to control our blood cholesterol level?

Our liver produces about 1-2 g of cholesterol a day, sufficient for our cholesterol requirements. However as cholesterol is present in many foods, we probably consume about 150 to 250 mg in our daily food intake.

When there is too much cholesterol especially the LDL cholesterol in our body, plaque (a thick, hard deposit) may form in our arteries narrowing the space for blood to flow. Over time, this build-up can cause atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries) which can lead to cardiovascular diseases, stroke and kidney failure.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) cardiovascular diseases kill about 17 million people annually and about 33% of all deaths worldwide are linked to stroke or heart attack.
In Malaysia, the number 1 killer in terms of diseases and health-related problems is coronary heart disease followed by stroke, the second top killer. In 2010, the total number of deaths in Malaysia resulted from coronary heart disease was at 22,701 according to the WHO (World Health Organization). This constitutes about 22.18% of the total deaths in the country. To date, some 10 million Malaysians have high cholesterol, a risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke, according to the 2011 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS).

How can we lower our cholesterol level?

There are several ways by which we can lower our cholesterol levels. These include:-

1) Diet modification. Avoid food that are high in cholesterol and/or saturated fats. Consume more fiber rich food and food high in monounsaturated fats as well as food with low GI (Glycemic Index).

2) Lifestyle modification. Have at least 30mins to 45mins of moderate intensity physical activity a day.

3) Limit coffee intake and quit smoking.

4) Control your blood glucose if you are a diabetic and reduce weight if you are overweight.

5) Medication (be prepared for its undesirable side effects).

Unfortunately, observing the above to reduce cholesterol has proven to be unsuccessful for most, as some knowledge and a lot of discipline and sacrifice is needed to obtain good results. Moreover in this fast-pace-world, few could adhere to their plan strictly.

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