CHOLESTEROL: CHECK, CHANGE AND CONTROL

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‘Controlling your cholesterol maybe easier than you think.’

Cholesterol is essential for your well-being. But what do you really know about it?

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance made in your liver. This substance travels throughout your bloodstream.

Cholesterol is one of a key ingredient that your body needs. But too much cholesterol can lead to serious problems such as heart disease and stroke. Here’s why, you see, there are actually two main types of cholesterol LDL and HDL, respectively. LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is sometimes called bad cholesterol because it can build up inside your arteries which causes them to narrow which can lead to heart disease and stroke. This is why you should try to keep LDL low. The “L” in LDL is for lower or lousy.

On the other hand HDL, or high density lipoprotein is the good kind of cholesterol. It carries LD away from your arteries and back to your liver where it’s broken down and processed by your body. This is why you want your HDL to be higher. In this case, the “H” in HDL is for higher or healthy.

There is another component known as triglycerides, which plays a role in your cholesterol health. Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body and their job is to store excess fat from your diet. Elevated triglycerides along with low HDL and high LDL can also increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. So it’s important to keep your triglyceride levels low. For anyone who has got their cholesterol checked it’s only natural to focus on your cholesterol score or the actual numbers. But the numbers don’t really tell the whole story about your health. That is why it is important to discuss all your risk factors with your healthcare provider including risk factors that you can change like eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of physical activity, and quitting smoking. Taking the next step in managing your health as easy as CCC: CHECK, CHANGE AND CONTROL your cholesterol.

In the next article we’ll state about exercises and physical activities that will help you control your cholesterol. Controlling your cholesterol maybe easier than you think.

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