What Is Cholesterol?
Excess cholesterol in the bloodstream can be harmful and lead to arteriosclerosis, a condition in which fat and cholesterol are deposited in the walls of the arteries, including the coronary arteries feeding the heart. You should get blood testing to determine your cholesterol level.
In time, the arteries narrow and symptoms of CHD appear, including angina and heart attacks. It is currently recommended that your total cholesterol level be less than 200mg/dl. Some new guidelines consider cholesterol levels of no more than 180 to be optimal.
Cholesterol travels in the blood in packages called lipoproteins. Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) are the “bad” cholesterol since they carry most of the cholesterol in the blood which is the main source of buildup that damages and blocks the arteries. The more LDL-cholesterol you have, the greater the risk of CHD. If your LDL is higher than 130mg/dl, your cholesterol is probably too high.
Triglycerides are a form of fat carried in the bloodstream. Most of your body’s fat in the form of triglycerides is stored in fat tissue. Only a small segment of triglycerides is in the bloodstream. High triglyceride levels alone do not cause atherosclerosis. However, lipoproteins that are rich in triglycerides also contain cholesterol, which causes atherosclerosis in some people with high triglycerides.
What are the factors that make cholesterol high or low?
Diets high in saturated fat, mainly from foods that come from animals, often cause of LDL-cholesterol levels to increase. Reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet is a significant step in reducing blood cholesterol levels.
Weight, in excess, tends to increase LDL-cholesterol levels. If you are overweight (please refer to the Body Mass Calculator to determine your ideal body weight. BMI of between 18.5 and 25 is normal, 25 to 27 is health risk above 30 is significant health risk.) losing weight may help lower triglycerides and raise HDL.
Age affects LDL-cholesterol levels, especially in women. Prior to menopause, women most often have lower cholesterol levels than men of the same age. As women age, their blood cholesterol levels rise until about the age of 60 to 65. Menopause often increases LDL-cholesterol and decreases HDL-cholesterol. After the age of 50, women generally have higher total cholesterol levels than men of the same age.
Stress has been shown to raise blood cholesterol levels. Many times, people under pressure console themselves by eating fatty foods. The saturated fat and cholesterol in these foods contribute to high LDL levels (Please read about the benefits of the nutritional Cholesterol Formula herbal for a healthy heart).
Physician said her cholesterol is below the 200 normal range
Should she take some diet steps to reduce is or not? FYI she is not fat at all.
The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol
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