A Silent Killer: The Danger of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol level is an enormous factor of heart disease. Having a high level of cholesterol can increase one’s risk of developing a heart disease, strokes or heart attacks, which are known to be the top causes of death in the world. For some, they are unaware of the symptoms whereas the others don’t find it as threatening and take it for granted. Most often, people ignore that they have high level of the bad type cholesterol and it is not a good thing.
Indeed, a person won’t be really aware that his cholesterol level is high not until he had a stroke or heart attack because symptoms do not manifests. Thus, one could only determine that his cholesterol level is high when he takes a blood test. Even when symptoms are not apparent, bad type cholesterol is a condition which one has to take seriously as it is very dangerous and deadly.

We always hear the word cholesterol, but do we actually know it and how it can be risky to our health? In every cell in our body, there are fatty substances that are present which is called cholesterol. While only a small amount of fatty substances in the body comes from the food we eat, most of the cholesterol is made up from saturated fats in the liver. It may be true that fats can be a cause of high cholesterol, but the body needs some fats because it is a source of vitamins and energy. Normally, an ideal cholesterol level is 200 mg/dl and below, thus, anything above 240 mg/dl is considered high.

So, what type of fats in our foods should we avoid?

Saturated fats come from dairy foods, meat and butter, once you want to reduce the level of cholesterol in the liver, eat less saturated fat. On one hand, unsaturated fats is the type of fats that is good for the body such as green leafy vegetables, fish oil, olive oil, salmon, mackerel, tuna, and others. Trans fats is another type which is harmful because they are solid fats and may result to increase bad cholesterol present in pastries, cakes, cookies, etcetera.

Having high cholesterol is obviously a critical condition. It is best to check your cholesterol levels regularly as possible and save yourself from developing a heart disease.

Chemicals From Ski Wax Hazardous to Blood

A new research has found evidence that the wax used in the manufacturing of ski equipment can be hazardous to its users; they might be exposed to perfluorochemicals which then gets accumulated in the body. These chemicals commonly known as PCFs can affect the health of a person by endangering them to suffer from liver diseases and cancer just to name a few.

The wax is coveted especially by those skiers that race since it helps them go faster yet they are not aware that the wax can be jeopardizing their good health. During racing season, skiers might be constantly using the wax every week.

The studies showed that actual technicians that worked with wax for the World Cup teams presented elevated perfluorochemicals levels in their blood. In addition it is suspected that these same technicians are going through what is known as biotransformation; this means that perhaps their bodies are generating other chemicals such as PFOA and PFNA.

Researchers have stated that they were already aware of biotransformation in animals but now this study suggests that it can happen in the human body as well.

When the manufacturers of skis are applying the wax they usually iron the area and then scrape it; this process creates dust and fumes. All of these particles are breathed in by the manufacturers which work about 30 hours every week.

An interesting fact is that the companies that make the waxes tend to keep the formulas private due to the fear of somebody else stealing them. In some areas the manufacturers have access to a ventilated area of work but it is said that most manufacturers around the world have to work in closed spaces making matters worse for them.

Another concern regarding the wax is that it is left lying around in the snow where the skiers race and the impact that it might have on the environment is yet to be studied.

High Blood Associated With Psoriasis

A new study has determined that people who suffer from psoriasis along with hypertension have higher chances of suffering of high blood pressure. The study was based on 835 psoriasis patients who also suffered from hypertension. Researchers contrasted the results with those obtained from a group of 2,400 people who only had hypertension.

It was discovered that the patients who suffered from both psoriasis and hypertension were in need of more treatment against high blood pressure than those who only suffered from hypertension. This was seen when the patients had to be taking four different drugs to control their blood pressure levels.

The researchers stated that their findings were still of importance despite the fact that other factors that could be linked (such as smoking and diabetes). Although this might lead one to think that perhaps the drugs used to battle psoriasis might be the ones affecting the blood pressure levels, researchers determined that it was not the case.

This study is of high importance due to the fact that now we know psoriasis isn’t a condition limited to affect the skin but also can lead to problems such as developing cardiovascular conditions because of the high levels of blood pressure.

This helps doctors treat their patients with more attention for strokes and heart conditions. They should be monitored closely and follow treatment that will not jeopardize their blood pressure levels.

Previous studies have shown that psoriasis patients have a higher risk of suffering from constricted blood vessels which sometimes might end up being damaged. That is one of the reasons why they end up with higher blood pressure.

Physicians are confident that this study is going to help in the evolution of the treatment for psoriasis because it helps them gain a better view of the disease as a whole and on its behavior.