If we consume more cholesterol than our bodies can utilize, the additional cholesterol may accumulate in the walls of our arteries, including those that supply our hearts, resulting in artery narrowing and a reduction in blood flow to the heart, brain, kidneys, and other organs.
The only method to determine whether you have high blood cholesterol is to have your cholesterol evaluated. Your healthcare team can do a quick blood test called a “lipid profile” to determine your high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol), low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.
The hormone insulin, which is produced in the pancreas, helps transfer glucose from the food you eat to your body’s cells for energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.
Sugar builds up in the blood as a result of diabetes, and adults who have diabetes are more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. Discuss with your doctor how to manage and prevent diabetes as well as other risk factors.
Obesity, often known as excess body fat, is associated to higher levels of “bad” cholesterol and triglycerides and lower levels of “good” cholesterol. It can also cause high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
Metabolic syndrome, which pertains to a cluster of conditions that occur together, also increases a person’s risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. These conditions include excess body fat around the waist, high blood sugar, increased blood pressure, and abnormal triglycerides or cholesterol levels.
Other Common Risk Factors