Cholesterol Advice

How to Lower LDL-Cholesterol?

LDL-Cholesterol is the bad cholesterol in our blood. It is essential to keep its levels under check or else the chances of developing coronary heart diseases would increase. Here is a step by step guide to lower LDL, the bad cholesterol.

Bring Changes in Your Lifestyle- Diet and Exercise

You might have gorged upon high fat and high-cholesterol diet for a long time and might not have worked out. But this is not going to go on forever. At some point of time or the other, coronary heart disease would eventually catch up with you. In order to further postpone this meeting, it is best that you decrease the level of fat and cholesterol in the diet and start working out.

When it comes to diet, you do not need to have only those products which are marked "low fat, low cholesterol." Your diet, as a matter of fact, can include a variety of things like whole grains, plants, legumes, fish, and fruits. Do not go overboard with consumption of cheese, eggs and red meat.

Exercise at least half an hour each day, seven days a week. The result might be an extremely modest 10 percent increase in the level of good HDL-Cholesterol .

Use Drugs-The Alternate to Lifestyle Challenges

If lifestyle changes are not bringing about the desired results or it is taking too long, it is time to give drugs a shot. The too most effective drug types which can help in the reduction of levels of LDL-Cholesterol are Nicotinic acids and Statins.

Nicotinic Acids: This is nothing but water-soluble Vitamin B , also called niacin . Apart from increasing the level of HDL-Cholesterol, niacin helps in lowering LDL-Cholesterol by up to 20 percent. However, its unrestricted availability should not prompt you to take large doses of it. There are numerous side-effects attached to it. Some of them include activation of peptic ulcers, flushing (or opening) of blood vessels, diarrhoea, high blood sugar, indigestion, gas, gout, liver problems, nausea and vomiting.

Statins : Statins have been observed to bring about a massive 60 percent drop in the levels of LDL-Cholesterol in the bloodstream. Hence, they are the best in terms of medical treatment of higher levels of LDL-Cholesterol. However, there are some minor side-effects associated with it (gas, abdominal cramps, brown urine, and constipation). They can be avoided if the medication is closely monitored by a physician.  

Some Other Methods of Lowering LDL-Cholesterol

Consumption of Alcohol: It has been found that limited consumption of alcohol can bring about an 8 percent decrease in the levels of LDL-Cholesterol. A 5 ounce of wine and 12 ounces of beer is the amount prescribed.

Quit Smoking: Smoking is related to the creation of an extremely dangerous form of LDL-Cholesterol called oxidised LDL-Cholesterol. Quitting smoking would cut down the production of this and also reduce LDL-Cholesterol levels by up to 5 per cent.