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MR. CHOLESTEROL

In the hospital, one of the most feared substances on which I get a lot of questions is cholesterol. Because of the widely publicized negative side effects which high levels of cholesterol can lead to many of us would wish to completely ban all sources of cholesterol in our diet.

I want to tell a story of the god character of Mr. Cholesterol. I will speak on his bad character later. Please send any questions or comments either to this email address

dzidzor sackey <sackeydzidzor@gmail.com>
or on 0272-640 640.

THE GOOD SIDE OF “MR. CHOLESTEROL”

It is a vital substance for the body but too much can cause health problems that are potentially fatal. Approximately 80% of the cholesterol that is needed by the body is made in the liver. The rest to acquired through eating substances with cholesterol in them or by eating fats and proteins that can be converted to cholesterol. Most products with cholesterol in them are animal products.

SOME GOOD AND IMPORTANT USES OF CHOLESTEROL

Cholesterol is used to give the cells in our body strength and rigidity. It helps in building and maintaining the cell membranes. Cholesterol builds the immunity of the cell. Within the cell membrane, cholesterol also functions in intracellular transport, cell signaling and nerve conduction.

It also promotes the production of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is used in the immune system and can help to regulate blood pressure. Vitamin D also gives strong bones.

Cholesterol acts as a transport for various antioxidant vitamins and enzymes, particularly vitamin A and E.

Cholesterol helps in the protection of the skin by acting as a protective layer against sun and wind damage.

Cholesterol is an essential nutrient for the production of hormones that are necessary for growth.

Cholesterol is an important precursor molecule for the synthesis of the adrenal gland hormones cortisol and aldosterone as well as the sex hormones progesterone, estrogens, and testosterone, and their derivatives. The sex hormones trigger development of the physical traits characteristic of adult women and men; they also play a role in reproduction. Cortisol is involved in regulating blood-sugar levels and defending the body against infection, and aldosterone is important for retaining salt and water in the body.

In the liver, cholesterol is converted to bile, which is then stored in the gallbladder. Bile contains bile salts, which solubilize fats in the digestive tract and aid in the intestinal absorption of fat molecules as well as the fat-soluble vitamins, Vitamin A, D, E and K.

 

In conclusion, we don’t need cholesterol from our diet to achieve these uses. The liver is adequate to meet the body’s needs for cholesterol.

Have a blessed day and be a blessing to anyone you meet.

DZIDZOR SACKEY (DIETITIAN)

 
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