I have high cholesterol so I have to be on a diet that limits foods high in lipids like butter and red meat.
Every six months or so I go for a cholesterol test where they check the amount of lipids in my blood. I fast for 12 hours before the test because apparently, eating gives abnormally high rates in the cholesterol test. After fasting, the lipids in the blood are said to reach a stable level. The doctors are then able to check lipids and determine if there is high cholesterol or not.
As much as lipids have an important function in the body, too much is clearly not good. It increases our risk of heart disease and obesity. I wish I had been more careful about how much fatty foods I consumed when I was younger. Maybe I wouldn't have cholesterol now.
Post 1 There are all sorts of medications on the market to help people lose weight. Some of them advertise as being 'fat burners' and others as being 'fat storage inhibitors.' I never understood how these medications work, but after learning more about lipids, I think these medications can be really dangerous. I didn't know that lipids also store vitamins and contribute to cell functioning. I thought lipids' function in the body consists of storing energy. Wouldn't fat burning medications and inhibitors get in the way of some of these important processes? Could a person get sick from not having enough lipids in the body? Post your comments Post Anonymously Please enter the code:
The carbon-hydrogen bonds (abbreviated C-H) found in the long tails of fatty acids are high-energy bonds. Thus, triglycerides make excellent storage forms of energy because they pack many high-energy C-H bonds into a compact structure of three tightly packed fatty acid tails. For this reason, dietary fats and oils are considered "calorie dense ." When animals, including humans, consume fats and oils, a relatively small volume can deliver a large number of calories. Animals, particularly carnivores, are drawn to high-fat foods for their high caloric content.
Lipids are very diverse in both their respective structures and functions. These diverse compounds that make up the lipid family are so grouped because they are insoluble in water. They are also soluble in other organic solvents such as ether, acetone, and other lipids. Lipids serve a variety of important functions in living organisms. They act as chemical messengers, serve as valuable energy sources, provide insulation, and are the main components of membranes. Major lipid groups include fats , phospholipids , steroids , and waxes .