High cholesterol can double your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by contributing to atherosclerosis, a buildup of plaques in your arteries. Plaques contribute to CVD in several ways, including reducing blood flow to various parts of the body, making the heart work harder, and reducing oxygen supply to tissue.
Enlarged plaques can completely block an artery, stop oxygen supply and result in death of the affected muscle or tissue, such as in the case of a heart attack or stroke.
Atherosclerosis is known as a silent killer because it causes few or no symptoms, which explains why high cholesterol is often not diagnosed until a serious cardiovascular event occurs, such as a heart attack.
Regular check-ups are therefore important – even if you live a healthy life. And looking at an individual’s risk profile is a very good starting point for early intervention.
Learn more: About high cholesterol here
What factors increase your risk of cardiovascular disease?
These risk factors include a lifestyle of unhealthy eating, inactivity, obesity, drinking and smoking. Cholesterol also increases with age, and after menopause, women have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Diabetes is a major risk factor and all diabetics should make heart health a priority. South Africa has a very high incidence of genetic hypercholesterolemia, so it is important for people to be tested from an early age.
Healthy people over the age of 20 should test their cholesterol levels at least every four to six years. And then extensive medical research shows that the damage from chronic inflammation often plays a key role in the onset of cardiovascular disease. Chronic systemic inflammation is an independent risk factor for heart disease.
Linking chronic systemic inflammation and heart health
Some inflammatory processes that take place in the body have no obvious symptoms.
Although active, it often goes unnoticed until disease occurs.
An example of this kind of ‘silent inflammation’ is the process that takes place in blood vessels. Over time, systemic inflammation damages the walls of blood vessels and the presence of abnormal cholesterol leads to many life-threatening cardiovascular complications such as heart attacks and strokes.
Even when people take steps to lower their risk of heart disease, such as lowering their cholesterol, lowering their blood pressure, and achieving glycemic goals (blood glucose control), they may still be at risk for inflammation, so addressing inflammation is vital.
For optimal heart health, it is important to also fight abnormal cholesterol systemic inflammation.
RyChol, from MNI, extended release formulation contains a unique blend of plant phytochemical ingredients known to lower blood cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL levels.
This unique combination supports multiple pathways involved in the digestion, absorption and clearance of cholesterol and the other harmful fats from the system.
MNI formulated FlamLeve to fight acute and chronic inflammation throughout the body. FlamLeve contains unique ingredients with superior absorption, making it extra strong and effective, extending its anti-inflammatory benefits to various organs and body systems, protecting your organs from inflammatory damage.
For optimal heart health, help your body by combining RyChol and FlamLeve
Learn more: About RyChol and how it optimizes healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Learn more: About FlamLeve and how it fights inflammatory pain and protects the body from the harmful effects of inflammation
What is the approach and solution of MNI?
MNI takes a holistic approach to health care and provides complimentary cholesterol-lowering guidelines designed specifically for heart health.
Free download: Download your free cholesterol-lowering guideline here.
Remember that the MNI product specialists are available for your support, you can contact them directly at [email protected]
For more information, visit Medical Nutritional’s website at www.mnilifestyle.co.za