When it comes to cholesterol levels, everyone knows the importance of having a good one. But what does that really mean? Educating yourself on what makes a cholesterol level bad or good is essential in knowing how healthy your body is and what type of lifestyle you should maintain.
Bad cholesterol, or LDL cholesterol, is what you want to keep low. Having too much of this is what will cause your arteries to clog which will then lead to heart attacks and strokes. Both of these conditions are life-threatening and, if they do not prove to be fatal, will definitely bring about the need for lifestyle changes.
Good cholesterol, or HDL cholesterol, is what does your body good. HDL cholesterol fights against the LDL cholesterol and helps to steer it away from the arteries. It also works in removing LDL cholesterol from the body altogether by pushing it to the liver which works to break it down and get rid of it. Because increasing your levels of HDL cholesterol, you are lessening your risk for heart problems and making your body better as a whole.
Manage Your Cholesterol
So, what can you do to improve your health and gain control over your cholesterol levels? Here are some tips to follow.
- Watch Your Diet: Fats are good for the body, but they need to be the right fats. Both saturated and trans fats raise your bad cholesterol levels. Avoid red meats, dairy products, fried foods, and snack foods (like chips and cookies), and try out leaner cuts of meat and foods with low or monounsaturated fats. Read labels carefully and check out the ingredients listed before buying to ensure you are not getting any hidden, unhealthy fats.
- Exercise: Extra weight raises your bad cholesterol levels. Any type of exercise will help in losing weight, which will then cause your good cholesterol level to increase and fight back that bad cholesterol. Make a lifestyle change by incorporating regular exercise into your life in ways that coincide with your regular routine.
- Reduce Stress: Lowering stresses in life is never an easy task, but it is important in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. If you find stress to be a major factor in your life, look for new activities and habits that will help in reducing it, such as walking, reading, or talking it out. These, as well as numerous other activities, could help in managing both stress and cholesterol levels and improve your overall outlook on life.
Making sure your cholesterol levels are in a good range is essential in ensuring a long and healthy life. Make an appointment with us today. We can offer an analysis of where your levels are at and offer tips and advice on maintaining or improving those levels. Do not wait until it is too late.
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