Ditlamorago tsa cholesterol e e feteletseng mo itekanelong ya motho le Dr. Boitumelo Mashitisho – Specialist Physician

: As one grows older, it is very important to note with precaution what they take in to their bodies, the type and kind of food and drinks they consume. The food and drinks people consume has dire effects and consequences in their health and wellness, it can either bring health complications or great health, uncontrollable or inconsistent weight loss and gain, and so on.
Today we are talking about cholesterol and its negative health effects. Cholesterol is a chemical compound that the body requires as a building block for cell membranes and for hormones like estrogen and testosterone. The liver produces about 80% of the body's cholesterol and the rest comes from dietary sources like meat, poultry, eggs, fish, and dairy products. Foods derived from plants contain no cholesterol.
Higher cholesterol levels are one of the risk factors for heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. The mechanism involving cholesterol in all three diseases is the same; plaque buildup within arteries decreases blood flow affecting the function of the cells and organs that these blood vessels supply.