Symptoms of high cholesterol

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol? What is cholesterol? What can you do to lower your cholesterol?

What is Cholesterol?

What is cholesterol anyway? Cholesterol is often seen in a negative light. Cholesterol is an important substance in our body with important tasks. Cholesterol is an antioxidant containing the raw material for the production of materials, such as aldosterone, cortisol, estradiol, bile salts (to digest fats), progesterone and testosterone. Cholesterol is also the raw material for the production of vitamin D from sunlight.


There are two types of cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. What is the difference between the two types of cholesterol, and which is good for you and which is not, is explained here.

LDL cholesterol

LDL transports cholesterol to cells and tissues, so that the cholesterol can do its work. LDL cholesterol is comprised of 45% and 25% protein, in contrast to HDL, which is only 20% of cholesterol and 50% protein. The more LDL cholesterol in the body of a person is, the more atherosclerosis will occur.

HDL cholesterol

HDL removes cholesterol from the bloodstream and  aids the transport to the liver and other organs and cells. If you have a lot of HDL cholesterol, this helps protect against atherosclerosis. It's not always bad, to have a high cholesterol level, if your high cholesterol value is the right kind.

Dangers of high cholesterol

What are the dangers of high cholesterol? Too high LDL cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. High cholesterol ensure that the arteries calcify. Calcified arteries are the basis of cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of high cholesterol

High blood cholesterol is very unhealthy. Unfortunately there is no evidence that you have a high level of cholesterol. It is therefore important to understand the causes of an excessively high cholesterol level in order to avoid it.

Cause of high cholesterol

There are many causes of high cholesterol. The causes are eating too many saturated fats, eating too many foods that contain cholesterol, being overweight, predisposition, diabetes and an underactive thyroid. These causes are discussed below.

Eating too many saturated fats

If you often eat foods with a lot of saturated fat is one of the causes of excess cholesterol. Saturated fat causes an increase in blood cholesterol. Products that have high content of saturated fatty acids, are:

  • Dairy butter
  • Whole milk
  • Fatty meats and fatty meats
  • Chocolate
  • Snacks
  • Cakes and pastries
  • Cookies
  • Margarine

Eating too many foods containing cholesterol

Eating too many foods that contain cholesterol, is not good for your cholesterol levels. Eating too many foods rich in cholesterol can lead to a high cholesterol level. Foods that contain saturated fat are the  very worst for your cholesterol. Cholesterol rich foods are:

  • Milkfat
  • Eggs (yolk)
  • Dairy butter
  • Full-fat cheese
  • Liver
  • Shrimp
  • Eel
  • Haddock liver


Being overweight is also a factor for high cholesterol. Obesity changes certain processes in the body, which reduce high cholesterol.


Genetic predisposition may also be a cause of high cholesterol. This genetic predisposition to high cholesterol in the blood is called hereditary hypercholesterolemia. A cholesterol diet helps some people who have inherited a predisposition to high cholesterol. Normally these people are taking medication for high cholesterol. If high cholesterol levels have been found in your immediate family (brothers, sisters, father, mother, aunt, uncle) before the age of 60 years, it is advisable to let your doctor know. If your cholesterol level is higher than a certain level, you should see a doctor of internal medicine (specialists).

An underactive thyroid

Also an underactive thyroid can lead to high cholesterol. A underactive thyroid read more here.


Diabetes is also a factor that can lead to high cholesterol levels. Read more about diabetes and diabetes symptoms.

Lowering Cholesterol

How to lower your cholesterol if it is too high? A high cholesterol can be lowered by healthy lifestyle. The most important things you can do is not smoke and a cholesterol diet, and to keep yourself  physically fit.

Cholesterol diet

It is advisable to change your diet to a cholesterol diet. On this page it has already been pointed out that the consumption of food is a major cause of high cholesterol with saturated fats. Therefore, you should avoid as much saturated fat as possible to get rid of the high cholesterol. Take care of your cholesterol with diet,  and eat  foods with much cholesterol in moderation. This is the best prevention for high cholesterol.

No smoking

Also, smoking is bad for your cholesterol levels. Smoking harms, because it damages the walls of the arteries and LDL cholesterol can penetrate the walls of blood vessels. The blockage of arteries is accelerated.


It is also important to exercise. If you train yourself physically, you can prevent obesity, one of the causes of high cholesterol. Sport and exercise ensure that a high cholesterol concentration is reduced. It is advisable to have at least half an hour every day to exercise.  Brisk walking is enough. Although this in any another sport of your choice.

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