Cholesterol is a fat (lipid) which is produced by the liver and is crucial for normal body functioning. Dangers of high cholesterol levels: Atherosclerosis or narrowing of the arteries causes heart diseases.
Symptoms of high cholesterol do not exist alone in a way a patient or doctor can identify by touch or sight. Symptoms of high cholesterol are revealed if you have the symptoms of atherosclerosis. These can include:
- Chest pain due to narrowed coronary arteries in the heart
- Leg pain when exercising - this is because the arteries that supply the legs have narrowed.
- Stroke or TIA which is a mini stroke caused by blood clots and ruptured blood vessels.
- Coronary thrombosis which is when a clot forms in one of the arteries that delivers blood to the heart possibly leading to significant damage to heart muscle and subsequent heart failure.
- Thick yellow patches on the skin, especially around the eyes. They are, in fact, deposits of cholesterol. This may be hereditary.
- Diet high in saturated fats- Saturated fats are high in cholesterol and they include red meat, some pies, sausages, hard cheese, lard, pastry, cakes, most biscuits, and cream (there are many more). Although some foods contain cholesterol such as eggs, kidneys and some seafoods, these does not have much of an impact in human blood cholesterol levels.
- Sedentary lifestyle- people who do not exercise and spend most of their time sitting/lying down have significantly higher levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol)..
- People who are overweight/obese are much more likely to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels, compared to people who are of normal weight.
- Smoking and alcohol consumption can increase LDL levels.
- People from South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) are more susceptible to having higher cholesterol levels, compared to people of other ethnic origins.
Treatable medical conditions: These medical conditions are known to cause LDL levels to rise and they can be controlled medically
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- High levels of triglycerides
- Kidney diseases
- Under-active thyroid gland
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oats, good quality fats.
- Do plenty of exercise
- Avoid foods with saturated fats
- Get plenty of sleep (8 hours each night)
- Bring your body weight back to normal
- Avoid alcohol
- Stop smoking
Cholesterol takes a lot of time to affect health, so don't panic if high cholesterol is detected.
Homeopathic Approach to cholesterol:
While treating the patients we take into consideration the causes and triggering factors for each individual case of high cholesterol. Most of our patients respond well within three months. If this happens, we continue medication for three more months and then stop. Later on we monitor the patients lipid profile regularly. All patients cannot be cured, so in those circumstances we try to control the cholesterol.