Inherited High Cholesterol
Who are affected?
- AGE – Present from birth but usually become apparent in early adulthood
- GENDER – Not a significant factor
- LIFESTYLE – A diet high carbohydrates and sugar, and a lack of exercise aggravate the conditions
- GENETICS – Due to an abnormal gene inherited from one or both parents
Inherited High Cholesterol are inherited conditions in which the blood contains abnormally high levels of cholesterol and/or triglycerides.
What are the symptoms of Inherited High Cholesterol?
Many people have an elevated level of cholesterol in their blood (see Hypercholesterolaemia). In some of these people, levels of cholesterol and of lipids called triglycerides are high due to genetic disorders called high cholesterol or “hyperlipidaemias”.
The disorders create high levels of lipoproteins (lipid-protein molecules), and may produce symptoms earlier in adulthood than other cases of high cholesterol. High levels of lipids (especially cholesterol) increase the risk of complications of atherosclerosis, such as coronary artery disease.
There are several forms of inherited high cholesterol. The most common affects about 1 in 500 people of European descent, who inherit one copy of an abnormal gene and have a cholesterol level two or three times higher than normal.
There is a one in a million risk that people will inherit the abnormal gene from both parents. If two copies are inherited, the cholesterol level is six to eight times higher than normal. Affected people have a high probability of a heart attack, even in childhood.
What are the symptoms of inherited high cholesterol?
Extremely high cholesterol levels associated with inherited high cholesterol may cause the following symptoms, which develop gradually over years:
- Yellow swellings under the skin (xanthomas) on the back of the hands.
- Swellings on the tendons around the ankle and wrist joints.
- Yellow swellings on the skin of the eyelids (xanthelasmas).
- White ring around the iris (the coloured part of the eye).
- Raised triglyceride levels do not usually produce any symptoms but do increase the risk of acute pancreatitis.
Men with these disorders can develop symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as chest pain, in their 20s or 30s. In women, estrogen usually gives protection from these problems until after the menopause.
What might be done?
There is no cure for inherited high cholesterol, but symptoms can be treated with a combination of exercise, a diet that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats, and lipid-lowering drugs. The outlook varies, but early treatment can reduce the risk of a heart attack. Relatives of an affected person may be offered screening for the disorder.
However, the Manna Cholesterol Support product already proved that it has the ability to reduce inherited cholesterol.
This natural product were formulated especially to reduce LDL “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL “good cholesterol”.