Lowering your Cardiac Disease Risk by Control of Your Cholesterol

Cholesterol and decreasing your threat of heart disease are linked increasingly today as people become more aware of a connection between their {blood cholesterol level} and the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other cardiac disease.

LDL cholesterol is often called the “bad cholesterol“, because higher levels of it in your blood stream have been associated with an increased risk for coronary heart disease. When diet, exercise and healthy living is not enough to lower the LDL numbers or elevate the HDL numbers it may be time to tackle the issue head-on and make some medical decisions. Some of us want to steer clear of drugs just because of the side effects that may accompany them. Other people prefer not to have to put up with the cost of prescription medications. Your general practitioner can make suggestions on this next step in the quest to control your cholesterol and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

If you want to lessen the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol it’s important to understand what can determine these levels in your bloodstream. Your liver produces and also secretes into your bloodstream LDL cholesterol. Your blood removes some LDL from your bloodstream. When you have a deficiency of LDL receptors you will have high LDL levels.

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Useful Tips To Manage Cholesterol And A Healthier You

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The two sources of cholesterol are food and your own body. Only 25% of the body’s cholesterol comes from food and the rest is produced naturally in your cells and liver. The good news is that you won’t have to give up every egg and cookie to maintain a healthy heart. In fact, even if you are predisposed to heart disease or diabetes, there are many simple lifestyle modifications that you can make to ensure that you live the healthy, happy life you’ve imagined.

The bad cholesterol you’ve probably heard so much about is called Low Density Lipoprotein. The good type goes bad when it stops transporting and oxidizes from exposure to free radicals, leading to conditions like atherosclerosis. If you have 160mg or more of LDL per day, then you have a high level of harmful cholesterol. By contrast, high density Lipoprotein (or HDL) is known as “good cholesterol.” It helps one-fourth to one-third of blood cholesterol to be carried from the arteries to the liver by HDL. Doctors recommend that you have more than 40mg of HDL to lower your risk of heart disease.

As you eat, your body uses the calories it needs and converts leftovers to triglycerides. While some are helpful, excess can lead to metabolic syndrome, which results in diabetes, strokes, heart disease or heart attacks. “Even if you control bad LDL cholesterol to less than 70, you still need to look at triglycerides,” said Dr. Leslie Cho, a cardiologist at the Women’s Cardiovascular Center of the Cleveland Clinic.

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