Understanding Bad Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a normal bodily compound made by the liver and is essential to lead productive lives. Unfortunately, a lot of our food contains a bad type of cholesterol which is absorbed into the blood through the intestine. Too much of the bad type could lead to a premature death. Here we discuss what is cholesterol and ways to lower the bad cholesterol levels within your blood.
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What is Cholesterol
Cholesterol floats around in your blood stream and is like plaque on your teeth. It can build up and slow your blood stream down but the real danger is if a flake breaks off and actually clogs the passage, you are then in serious risk of heart attack or stroke.
There are two types of Cholesterol in your blood stream, one is good while the other is very bad. The bad cholesterol is called LDL. It is wise if your a male over 40 or a female over 50 to get your doctor to give you a referral to get your blood cholesterol levels checked.
If your bad cholesterol is too high it can cause blocking of the arteries and lead to stroke and heart attack. Conversely if your good cholesterol levels are too low, then this is bad because the good cholesterol should help eat the bad cholesterol and kind of even things up. Confusing? See your doctor if you have any doubt.
You can lower your bad cholesterol levels by controlling your weight, being active, exercising regularly and eating foods low in cholesterol. For example stay away from fatty meat, dairy products such as cheese, full cream milk and eggs.
If your doctor thinks your cholesterol levels are too high, he or she may prescribe medication to lower the bad cholesterol levels. But you still can help the process by exercising and eating sensibly.
Cholesterol is not new, it's been with us for eternity but today's medical practitioners know more about cholesterol than our parents and grandparents did. Probably anyone who was an adult during the sixties didn't know what their cholesterol levels were and their parents certainly would not have know.
Modern medicine is finding out more each year and a good talk to your doctor is the best insurance and help you with undertanding bad cholesterol, which will lead to better health.
I have high cholesterol levels. When first tested the level was 9.2. The doctor prescribed cholesterol lowering drugs, Lipex, and I gave up smoking. The level has been lowered to 4.8 but the doctor is not satisfied and prescribed additional medication. Regular exercise will be undertaken, weight loss reduction, plus a change in eating habits.
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