Cholesterol is often a hot issue involving seniors and their doctors. For many, genetics contribute to elevated cholesterol rates. For many others, lifestyle triggers high cholesterol. Untreated, more elevated cholesterol may increase the chances for a stroke or cardiac-related medical condition.
For a lot of folks, a poor diet and lack of exercise are the culprits for cholesterol. Let’s take a look at what is deemed high cholesterol, along with the steps you can take to treat it.
Recognizing Cholesterol Numbers
There are two different types of cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) is frequently known as “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) is good.
By comparison, a high HDL may protect your heart.
The Facts are that Triglycerides are typically screened when your physician orders a cholesterol test. They’re lipids, a type of fat found in the bloodstream. The body converts any calories that you do not need In general, Triglycerides are considered high when they reach 200. into and triglycerides. are lower than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
How to Lower Bad Cholesterol
Suppose your doctor has told you it is time to get serious about increasing your good cholesterol or lowering bad cholesterol or triglycerides. In that case, you might be asking yourself the way to accomplish that. For many, cholesterol drugs come with a lot of side effects. Luckily, there are natural non-pharmacological homeopathic steps you can take and apply.
Improve your Food intake with better diet, avoid foods high in saturated and trans fats no matter how tasty they could be. opt for foods packed in omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, salmon, mackerel, and flaxseeds. It also will help to raise your soluble fiber consumption. This helps absorb cholesterol from the bloodstream and eliminate it from your system. You may find it in berries, oatmeal, berries, and lima kidney beans consumed.
Get moving: moderate exercise most days of this week is another way to lower your cholesterol levels Walking, biking, swimming, yoga, resistance bands, and low-impact aerobics are senior-friendly workouts that maintain a healthy weight and manage cholesterol. If you are a sedentary lifestyle, talk to your primary care doctor before beginning an exercise program.
Lose weight: Being obese is related to high cholesterol. Spending too much time sitting and consuming sugary foods, and too many carbohydrates can lead to weight gain. It could help track exercise, nutrition, and time spent sitting at a daily physical fitness journal. That will allow you to identify patterns that might be contributing to your weight problems.
Stop smoking: While most men and women know smoking increases their risk for lung cancer, few realize it also reduces HDL cholesterol. That type of cholesterol should be higher. When you stop smoking, your HDL quickly starts to rise.
To learn more,
read the Cholesterol Guide free on the American Heart Association web site. It provides more information on everything from cholesterol medications understanding your risk factors to and treatment plans.
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