When someone mentions the word cholestrol, some people automatically think the worst, but not all cholestrol is bad. It’s important to learn the facts about cholestrol in order to take better care of your body. By understanding what cholestrol is and how it affects our health, we can better prepare for the future.
cholestrol itself is a fatty, wax like substance otherwise known as a lipid. The liver produces most of the cholestrol our bodies need, the rest can be found in different foods that we eat. Some common foods that have high cholestrol are egg yolks, bacon, cheese that is made with whole milk, and high in calorie foods. cholestrol plays a key part in our bodies, without it we wouldn’t have testosterone or estrogen. It also helps us to stay healthy by keeping our cells strong and able to produce hormones.
There are two types of cholestrol, the bad type known as LDL and the good type known as HDL. LDL stands for low density lipoproteins, too much of this cholestrol in your blood can clog arteries which can lead to greater chances of heart disease or having stroke or a heart attack. The good cholestrol, HDL (high density lipoproteins) is what the body uses to get rid of LDL.
High cholestrol can come from a number of different sources. As we get older our cholestrols levels tend to rise. If you’re someone who ate bacon and eggs every day for breakfast, chances are you will have higher cholestrol then someone who ate cereal every day. Besides our diet and age, high cholestrol can also be inherited. Diabetics and people that are overweight are also more susceptible to high cholestrol.
Doctors recommend that you get your cholestrol levels checked after your mid thirties. By having you levels checked you can make sure that you’re not at risk for any life threatening diseases.
To keep your cholestrol down there are some easy to follow steps. The most important factor in lowering your cholestrol is diet. Make sure you eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and drink plenty of water. Stay away from foods that have trans fat and anything fatty. If you’re a smoker, stop smoking and if you’re overweight, it’s time to get on that treadmill.
In cases of severe LDL, medications can be subscribed to help lower cholestrol. These medications are usually a last resort for doctors. The first treatment choice will always be to change your diet and exercise. Having a healthy diet and exercise is important in not only bringing down your cholestrol levels but in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If after 6 months to a year of a steady diet change, your symptoms don’t change, the next step would be for your doctor to subscribe you a medication.