Why are cholesterol levels monitored and discussed so frequently in doctors offices? Bad Cholesterol Levels are an indicator that major health problems are developing. Do bad cholesterol levels guarantee that major health problems are developing? Yes, bad cholesterol levels guarantee that there are fat-like substances circulating in your blood. Why is it so crucial that I minimize the amount of fat-like substances that are circulating in my blood? The fat-like substance clogs arteries and dramatically increases your risk of having heart attacks, strokes and other major health problems.
Once you’ve decided you are going to put effort into lowering your cholesterol levels. It is important you discover what will work for you. Different people obtain different results from different approaches.
LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol that can clog your arteries and dramatically increase your risk of having major health problems. Less than 100 mg/dL is the optimal #.
HDL cholesterol is the good cholesterol that attaches to the bad cholesterol and escorts it out of your system. More than 60 mg/dL is the optimal #.
TOTAL Cholesterol # is less significant than your individual LDL and HDL #’s. Less than 200 mg/dL is the optimal #.
Triglycerides: This is another type of fat that floats in your blood. A high triglyceride # dramatically increases your risk of having cardiovascular problems.
AVOIDING FOODS THAT ARE HIGH IN SATURATED FAT LOWERS CHOLESTEROL:
Foods that are high in saturated fat include: egg yolks, full-fat dairy products and fatty meats.
CONSUMING THE FOLLOWING FOODS HELPS LOWER CHOLESTEROL:
Fatty seafood, nuts, especially almonds and walnuts, oatmeal, oat bran and foods that are fortified with stanols.
When people improve their diet, their triglyceride levels and their good HDL cholesterol levels tend to improve, but their bad LDL cholesterol levels tend to not be effected much.
LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS WITH EXERCISE:
Doing activities that increase your heart rate helps improve triglyceride levels and helps improve good HDL cholesterol levels. Bad LDL cholesterol levels can be improved somewhat with exercise.
LOSING EXCESS WEIGHT HELPS LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS:
If you are able to lose excess fat, that will likely help you lower your bad LDL cholesterol levels. Losing weight will also be likely to improve your triglyceride levels and your good HDL cholesterol levels.
For some people, adjusting their diet, exercise and weight aren’t enough to get their cholesterol levels into an acceptable range.
MEDICINES CAN HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL LEVELS:
If you already have major health problems like heart disease or diabetes and you have been having trouble with keeping your cholesterol levels within an acceptable range. You should consult your Doctor about whether or not taking medicines to improve your cholesterol levels is right for you. Make sure you consult a Doctor before you take medicines to lower your cholesterol levels. A doctor can help you decide if the benefits from taking the drug will outweigh the side effects from taking the drug. A doctor can help figure out which type of drug will interact well with other prescription drugs you are already taking. A doctor can help you decide which type of cholesterol lowering drugs would be best for you to take.
The types of drugs that are available to help lower cholesterol levels have become much safer over time. Many people are planning to take these drugs every day for the rest of their lives because they have decided that taking these drugs will give them much better health and quality of life than if they don’t take them.
After you have begun to do things that will lower your cholesterol levels. Have your cholesterol levels checked frequently and make sure they stay within an acceptable range.
Don’t ignore high cholesterol levels. Do what you can to get them lowered. High cholesterol levels damage your body over time.
I will be posting recipes that help lower cholesterol levels in the near future.
Written by: Dawn Perucca
Dawn Perucca’s Weight Loss Memoirs E-Book, Weight Loss Crash Course E-Book and Weight Loss Crash Course E-Audio CD all explain thoroughly how various people who have different body types and are challenged with losing weight one way or another can lose weight successfully with a well balanced diet. This diet promotes the consumption of nuts, seafood and oatmeal (foods that lower cholesterol levels).
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