Mumbai: American President Barack Obama
may virulently be anti Indian when it comes
to outsourcing but his latest health report
which has caused whispering all over, he
shares lot more with Indians. 1/4th of Indians
having LDL ( bad cholestrol), just like Obama,
and 1/3rd have poor triglycerides.
The Bad and Good Cholesterol.
The cholesterol can not dissolve in the blood.
It has to be transported to and from the
cells by carriers called lipoproteins. Low
density lipoprotein (LDL) and high densisty
lipoproteins (HDL) alongwith triglycerides
and Lp(a) cholesterol, make up the total
cholesterol count, which is determined thro
a blood test.
HDL (Good Cholesterol)
Upto one thrird of cholesterol carried by
HDL doctor says HDL carried away choles-
terol from the arteries and back to the
liver, where it is passed from the body,
so it is known good cholesterol.
But low level of HDL (less than 40mg/dl)
can increase the risk of heart disease.
LDL (Bad cholesterol)
When too much LDL circulates in the blood
it builds up in the inner walls of the arteries,
it forms plaque that narrows the artiries
that makes them less flexible. If a clot
blocks the artery, it can cause a hart attack.
Cholesterol is like a soft, fat like, waxy
subustance in bloodstream and in all body
cells. It is important as its use to produce
cell membranes, some harmones and helps
some body functions. But too much
cholesterol is a risk for coronary
heart disease disease ( leads to heart
TOTAL BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVEL.
Desirable less than :200 mg/dl
Border Line or High risk : 200-239
High Risk : 240 & above.
200-239 mg/dl 240 &
Compiled By R. M. Dixit