This is how high cholesterol levels affect tendon health

More than 50% of the adult population in Spain have high levels of cholesterol , even many of them without knowing it. And it is that this affection of health supposes a high risk factor for the development of cardiovascular diseases.

One of the main problems of high levels of cholesterol , known as hypercholesterolemia, is that it does not manifest itself through symptoms, so in a Many times this health problem is detected after a serious cardiovascular event.

For this reason, specialists insist on the importance of prevention through periodic reviews, especially from the 40 years.

High cholesterol and tendon health

Although it is something unknown to a large part of the population, different scientific studies affirm that high cholesterol also affect a greater risk of tendon abnormalities and pain in these areas of the body.

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One of these research works was carried out by the University of Canberra (Australia). In this way, the researchers point out that chronic low-level inflammation driven by the accumulation of cholesterol in the cells of the immune system may play a key role.

In this sense, it is necessary to explain that tendons are resistant fibers that have the mission of joining the muscles and bones of the human body.

According to this study carried out in Australia, people with a greater tendency to have high cholesterol levels, known as familial hypercholesterolemia, have a greater risk of tendon pain.

Study analysis

Specifically, those responsible for this study analyzed 1. 607 articles referring to the links between fat levels in the body and the risk of injury to the tendon and pain.

Thus, the results showed that people with a higher profile of fat in the blood, such as cholesterol, had a higher risk of tendon abnormalities; compared to people with normal fat levels.

To be more exact, people at increased risk of tendon abnormalities and injuries had a higher total cholesterol level, including elevated 'bad' cholesterol and too low a 'good' cholesterol value; in addition to high triglycerides.

Regarding these results, the researchers noted that “together, these results provide important support for a metabolic hypothesis of tendon injury and imply lipid parameters as a potential link.”

However, the authors of this study suggest that it is necessary to continue investigating in depth the links between tendon injuries and the levels of fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, since this is an observational study .

Although, the researchers argue that Ā«individuals with an unfavorable lipid profile were much more likely to suffer injuries to the tendon and higher levels of pain associated with musculoskeletal problems in his arms”.

Thus, controlling blood cholesterol levels is a fundamental habit in the life of any person, especially to prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases; Although it could also have negative effects on muscle and tendon health, as suggested by research such as those that concern us.

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