Think About Your Heart for National Cholesterol Month
As a long-term provider of high-cholesterol statin treatments such as Lipitor and Pravastatin, Medical Specialists® Pharmacy will be once again proudly supporting National Cholesterol Month. The month-long campaign is ran each October by the charity HEART UK to boost awareness about cholesterol, the serious health implications of having high cholesterol, and as a means to raise funds for their life-saving work. What is cholesterol? Within all of our body’s cells in contained a fatty, waxy substance called cholesterol that can clog the arteries and cause them to narrow. Also known as a ‘lipid’, the body needs a certain amount of cholesterol in order to produce hormones, vitamin D, and substances to aid food digestion. The liver primarily generates cholesterol, but it can also be found in some of the food we eat. Cholesterol is transmitted through blood small packages called lipoproteins. The two main lipoproteins are:
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) – HDL carries cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it’s either broken down or passed out of the body as a waste product. For this reason, HDL is referred to as ‘good cholesterol’ and higher levels are better.
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – LDL carries cholesterol to the cells that need it. If there’s too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up in the artery walls, leading to disease of the arteries. For this reason, LDL is known as ‘bad cholesterol’.