I was recently asked the following question. If you are faced with heart disease or concerns about high cholesterol I thought you may also enjoy knowing the answer, which I've included below.
How does high cholesterol lead to cardiovascular disease?
Let me see if I can explain and keep the process easy to understand!
First the endothelium (thin inner lining of your blood vessels) becomes damaged and inflamed. This damage can be caused by a variety of factors, such as high blood pressure, high stress level, poor diet, toxic chemicals and metals, tobacco smoke, etc.
The inflamed endothelium becomes susceptible to circulating fatty particles, such as cholesterol, and attracts them. The cholesterol particles work their way into the endothelial lining. These deposits of cholesterol can then be damaged by free radicals to form oxidized LDL cholesterol. There is an important point here the needs to be emphasized. The LDL cholesterol circulating in your blood strea...
Airways and lungs
Breathing difficulty Throat swelling
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Severe pain or burning in the throat, nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue Vision loss
Heart and blood
Collapse Low blood pressure
Abdominal pain - severe Blood in the stools Burns of the esophagus (food pipe) Nausea Vomiting (may be bloody)
Convulsions Depression Dizziness Drowsiness Feeling of being drunk (euphoria) Headache Loss of alertness (unconsciousness) Seizures Staggering Weakness
Burns Irritation Necrosis (holes) in the skin or underlying tissues
This is not something new - in fact, there have been some isolated cases where social services or another government authority has stepped in and removed a morbidly obese child from a home in an effort to prevent further health risks from developing. The intent has been to "save the child" and not to indict the parents. Obviously the net result of such an action is to basically suggest that the parents are not engaged in good parenting and the child, because of that, is at serious risk from a health perspective. With the publication of this new Journal of the American Medical Association commentary, and the chorus of other health professionals supporting this expert's written essay, the issue of whether to remove an obese child from his home is now front and center.
It seems just last week we were arguing about whether bariatric surgery or the Lap Band is appropriate for obese teens. That discussion may now seem tame in comparison to removing a child from a home because a docto...
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