Cholesterol is a small molecule produced in various organs throughout the
body, including the liver, small and large intestine, and adrenal glands. You
can also get it from foods that you eat. It has many very important jobs in the
body. It helps with the nerve conduction, i.e. the signals sent along a nerve
by messages sent via the brain and routed by the brainstem. That ranks it right
up there amongst the most important things in the body, in my book. It also
helps maintain cell membranes...and since there are, on average, 75 TRILLION
cells in your body, I'd say that's pretty important, as well. Additionally,
cholesterol assists in making hormones and naturally produced vitamin D.
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is a condition in which there is a lot
of cholesterol build up in the blood vessels. You see, cholesterol is
transported throughout the body through the blood stream so that it can perform
its many bodily functions. Their transport vehicle is what is called a
lipoprotein. There are different types of these transport vehicles for
cholesterol just like there are different types of transport vehicles for us to
drive. You may have heard of the terms HDL and LDL in association with
cholesterol - particularly HDL being "good" and LDL being "bad." HDL stands for
high density lipoprotein; LDL for low density lipoprotein. The higher the
density (of cholesterol), the easier they travel through the blood stream. The
lower the density, the easier they have a tendency to get stuck and build up in
the blood stream - such is why medical doctors are so concerned about the
association of cholesterol build-up and cardiovascular (heart) disease.
Well, just like the cars we drive are designed to work a certain way and, as
long as you keep up with maintaining them, they ought to work that way for a
long time...your body was designed to work a certain way and, as long as you
keep up with maintaining it, it ought to work that for a very long time. The
problem is that we don't maintain ourselves like we maintain our cars.
Cholesterol is produced in certain amounts to be able to do just what it needs
to for the various different processes that its involved in, but if your body is
not functioning properly, then those amounts can vary. The brainstem is in
control of those organs that produce cholesterol. Do some maintenance on your
body...eat right, exercise, and make sure that the very thing in control of the
function of your body is free and clear to do what it's intended to do...