Cholesterol - the overview

cholesterol Cholesterol is a combination steroid (the most abundant steroid in body tissues) and alcohol and a lipid found in the cell membranes and blood plasma. It is not necessarily dietary in origin; it is synthesized by the body and can be raised by cholesterol containing foods.

cholesterol (n.) “A white crystalline substance, CHOH, found in animal tissues and various foods, that is normally synthesized by the liver and is important as a constituent of cell membranes and a precursor to steroid hormones. Its level in the bloodstream can influence the pathogenesis of certain conditions, such as the development of atherosclerotic plaque and coronary artery disease
chole- (bile) (or gall) and stereos (solid), and the chemical suffix -ol for an alcohol

Cholesterol symptoms

Cholesterol is present in higher concentrations in tissues that have more densely-packed membranes like the liver, spinal cord, brain and also in atheromata. The liver is the most important site of cholesterol biosynthesis. Cholesterol is best known for the association of cardiovascular disease.

Cholesterol is synthesized from acetic acid by means of enzymatic reactions. It helps in the metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K. It is the major precursor for the synthesis of vitamin D3, steroid hormones like cortisol, cortisone, and aldosterone in the adrenal glands and sex hormones progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone

Cholesterol is transported around the body bound in different lipoproteins like LDL and HDL. Cholesterol is insoluble in blood, but can be transported in the circulatory system when encapsulated by one of the varieties of lipoprotein.

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Cholesterol is essential for the structure and function of invaginated caveolae and clathrin-coated pits, Cholesterol is required to build and maintain cell membranes and for normal cellular function, and is synthesized in the endoplasmic reticulum or derived from the diet, in which case it is delivered by the bloodstream in low-density lipoproteins. LDL is then taken into the cells by receptor-mediated endocytosis in clathrin-coated pits, and then hydrolyzed in lysosomes.

Cholesterol aids the liver in manufacturing bile (or gall) although it sometimes crystallizes in the gall bladder to form gallstones. The insolubility of cholesterol in water plays a factor in the development of atherosclerosis, the deposition of plaques of cholesterol and other lipids on the insides of major blood vessels which is associated with coronary artery disease.

Cholesterol treatment options

Bad cholesterol refers to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which has harmful actions, and good cholesterol refers to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) which has beneficial actions. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) carries cholesterol out of the bloodstream for excretion, while low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carries it back into the system for use by various body cells.

Total blood cholesterol level

Desirable — Less than 200 mg/dL
Borderline high risk — 200–239 mg/d
L High risk — 240 mg/dL and over

LDL cholesterol level

Less than 100 mg/dL— Optimal
100 to 129 mg/dL — Near Optimal/ Above Optimal
130 to 159 mg/dL — Borderline High
160 to 189 mg/dL — High
190 mg/dL and above — Very High

HDL cholesterol level

Less than 100 mg/dL — Optimal
100 to 129 mg/dL — Near Optimal/ Above Optimal
130 to 159 mg/dL — Borderline High
160 to 189 mg/dL — High
190 mg/dL and above — Very High

Triglyceride level

Less than 150 mg/dL — Normal
150–199 mg/dL — Borderline-high
200–499 mg/dL — High
500 mg/dL or higher — Very high

National Heart Lung and Blood Association

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