High Cholesterol

Your Guide on Cholesterol Complications

Cholesterol is essential for many of our body’s main functions. So, it would not be wise to term cholesterol as wholly bad. There are two types of cholesterols however. One is called HDL (good cholesterol) and the other is called LDL (bad cholesterol).  

HDL is a good type of cholesterol that does ‘good’ to your body. So it is important to minimize LDL. But before that you should be aware of  how both types of cholesterol affect your health and a how can you maintain normal cholesterol levels. You should be well informed about proper cholesterol management.

Cholesterol helps our body build new cells, produce hormones and insulate nerves. Usually, the liver makes the amount of cholesterol needed by our body. But, it also enters our body through dietary sources like milk, meat and eggs. The presence of excessive cholesterol in our body can result in various cardiovascular diseases. Clogged arteries get hardened up with time, causing atherosclerosis. The blood flow suffers as a result of this and oxygen supply to various organs is affected, so you need to lower your cholesterol.

LDL (low density lipoprotein) is the main cause of artery clogging plaque while HDL (high density lipoprotein) works to clear cholesterol from the blood. The cholesterol narrows the arteries and lessens the blood flow. Chest pain starts to occur during exertion as the heart muscles require more oxygen. A heart attack occurs when cholesterol plaque bursts and mixes with blood, forming a clot that ultimately blocks blood flow.

Thus, with high cholesterol your health may keep on deteriorating and you may indeed face a lot of troubles in future. So the best way to deal with such health complications is to meet a doctor and adopt some healthy lifestyle changes.

To begin with, you can also get a cholesterol screening done to know about the current level of cholesterol in your body. Once you know about the high level of cholesterol in you, you need to meet a doctor and have a plan made on how to manage it. Access what tools are available to assist you. Your health care instructor would make required recommendations to help you lower your cholesterol.

To check the intake of saturated fats and cholesterol, you should closely guard your diet. Limit your fat intake to 30 % of total calories that you take. Saturated fat should not be more than 7% indeed. Replace saturated oils with mono-unsaturated oils like olive oil. Follow a low cholesterol, low saturated, fat free diet. Stay active and lose weight to gain a proper balance. You can adopt an exercise regime according to your requirements and needs.

All these steps would definitely help you achieve a better health, free of cholesterol complications.