Cholesterol is one of the body's fats (lipids). Cholesterol and another lipid, triglyceride, are important building blocks in the structure of cells and are also used in making hormones and producing energy. To some extent, the cholesterol level in blood depends on what you eat, but it is mainly dependent on how the body makes cholesterol in the liver. Having too much cholesterol in the blood is not a disease in itself, but can lead to the hardening and narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis) in the major vascular systems.

Cholesterol is a chemical compound that is naturally produced by the body and is structurally a combination of lipid (fat) and steroid. Cholesterol is a building block for cell membranes and for hormones like estrogen and testosterone. About 80% of the body's cholesterol is produced by the liver, while the rest comes from our diet. The main sources of dietary cholesterol are meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. Organ meats, such as liver, are especially high in cholesterol content, while foods of plant origin contain no cholesterol. After a meal, dietary cholesterol is absorbed from the intestine and stored in the liver.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): This moves cholesterol from your liver and through your blood to your body's cells. LDL cholesterol is called bad cholesterol. This is because it can build up in your blood vessels and this increases your risk of getting heart disease. The more LDL cholesterol there is in your blood, the greater your risk of getting heart disease. When doctors say you have high cholesterol, they mean you have a lot of bad (LDL) cholesterol in your blood.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL): This picks up any extra cholesterol from your body and takes it back to your liver. Because it clears cholesterol from your blood, it's often called good cholesterol. The more good (HDL) cholesterol you have in your blood, the lower your risk of heart disease.

Treatment

Lipitor is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of high level of Bad Cholesterol. This medication is considered to be the best, most trusted and recommended by doctor for the treatment of patients suffering from high level of Bad Cholesterol. Atorvastatin is the main ingredient of Lipitor medicine. Lipitor is used to treat patients with High Cholesterol levels in the body. It reduces the level of fat in the body called Lipids. Persons having high LDL in the body suffer from high level of cholesterol. LDLwhich is a Bad cholesterol should be low and HDL which is a good cholesterol should be high in a human body. People suffering from High Cholesterol levels should follow a diet which is low on fat and cholesterol.

Precaution before taking Lipitor medicine
1) Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to it or to its ingredient.
2) Use of this medicine may cause kidney failure so it should be used with doctor recommendation.
3) People suffering from diseases like high blood sugar, any kidney disease, thyroid problem, liver disease or a muscle problem should not use this medicine.
4) People using Atorvastatin should follow a strict diet which is fat free and also should an exercise regime.
5) Alcoholic drinks should be avoided if a person is on this medication.

Please note that if you are pregnant or breastfeeding mother, you should use this medicine with doctor recommendation as use of this medicine may harm the health of unborn baby or nursed child. Do not increase or decrease the dose of the medicine on your own as it may lead to serious side effect. If you are taking any prescription, non prescription and herbal medicine you should inform your doctor to avoid any drug interaction. Take this medicine with a full glass of water with or without food. Keep all medicines away from the reach of children and pet.

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