LDL Cholesterol - Low Density LipoProteinsLDL Cholesterol is also known as the bad cholesterol. When too much ldl is circulating in the bloodstream, it can build up on and narrow the arterial walls. If an artery supplying blood to your heart becomes completely blocked, you can have a heart attack. Blockage of an artery supplying the brain can cause a stroke.
The National Cholesterol Education Program has presented goal LDL cholesterol levels, which are as follows:
LDL Cholesterol (mg/dl)
If you have any risk factors for heart disease (such as obesity, high blood pressure, family history, diabetes, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, etc.), then you should be looking to lower your ldl levels below 100.
If you have no other risk factors, your goal should be below 130.
Lowering your LDL
There are many ways to help lower your LDL levels. The following list will help you get started.
Cholesterol Lowering Foods - Foods containing mono-unsaturated or poly-unsaturated fats help to lower LDL cholesterol. Some good examples are nuts (especially almonds), fish, avocados, soy beans, flax seed, oat bran and oils such as corn, olive and safflower.
Lifestyle Changes - Stopping smoking, starting to exercise and, if you are overweight, losing weight are several ways to lower your cholesterol.
Cholesterol Lowering Medications - There are several prescription drugs available now that will help lower your cholesterol. As with any drug, they all have possible side effects and their use will need to be discussed with your physician. They are usually prescribed after other methods have proven unsuccessful.
Nutritional Supplements - There are also many non-prescription supplements that claim to help reduce cholesterol, such as Red Yeast Rice, Lecithin and Policosanol. You should also be talking to your physician before starting any of these supplements.
The lower your LDL Cholesterol levels, the lower your chances of a heart attack or stroke, so get started now. Click the links above for more detailed information.
Lower-Your-Cholesterol.net is not dispensing medical advice. Questions about your own cholesterol levels should be addressed to your physician.
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