What causes high cholesterol in women? The causes of high cholesterol and how to lower it
Cholesterol affects women differently than men in general – this is why
High triglycerides, another type of blood fat, can also mean you’re at risk of heart disease, liver disease and diabetes.
Having elevated levels of either substance in your blood is a concern for both men and women – but it generally the risk manifests differently in women.
This is an overview of the effects of high cholesterol and triglycerides in women, the causes, and what you can do to lower your levels.
Why is high cholesterol and triglycerides bad?
Not all cholesterol is bad. HDL cholesterol, is considered the ‘good’ one, as it might help the body get rid of the harmful type.
Non-HDL cholesterol, on the other hand, is the ‘bad’ one. People may be familiar with LDL cholesterol commonly referred to as bad, but the British Heart Foundation says there are also other types apart from LDL detrimental to health.
Non-HDL particles tend to stick on the lining of your arteries, where they start to harden and make vessels narrower and stiffer. This is called atherosclerosis. As a result, the heart struggles to send enough blood to vital organs, resulting in high blood pressure. If a chunk of the hardened fat breaks off, it can cause a heart attack or a stroke.