Americans have been educated that they need to make sure their cholesterol levels are not too high because high cholesterol is considered a major factor in the development of heart disease. That is only part of the truth. Actually, cholesterol itself is not bad; it is a necessary fat made up of LDL, HDL, and several other components.

HDL is “good cholesterol,” keeping molecules from sticking to the sides of the arteries. LDL is the “bad cholesterol” that has sticky properties and can slow down the flow of blood to the heart, causing a heart attack and death.

Triglycerides are sugar-related blood fats that travel through the bloodstream along with HDL and LDL. High triglycerides also cause blood cells to stick together, increasing the risk of heart attack.

High cholesterol can be defined as an excessive amount in the blood of the organic compound present in animal fats and also manufactured by the human body.

Symptoms include cold hands and feet, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, dizziness, high blood pressure, poor circulation, and fatigue.

High stress levels can cause an overproduction of adrenaline. Most hormones, including adrenaline, are manufactured from cholesterol.Therefore, when more adrenaline is needed, more cholesterol is manufactured.Genetic predisposition through heredity also causes high cholesterol.

Overconsumption of foods that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol, like butter, eggs, cheese, heavy cream, and fatty meats, is a lifestyle cause of high cholesterol.

Diuretics can raise cholesterol by causing essential minerals to be excreted. Mineral loss causes stress on the nervous system, leading to an increased need for adrenaline.

Levels of cholesterol rise in women who have difficulty converting cholesterol to estrogen and progesterone.