(PRWEB) February 18, 2015
The Importance of Cholesterol Management
Cholesterol is one such substance that should be taken seriously. Proper cholesterol management can make the difference between a full active lifestyle and one plagued with avoidable health problems.
Cholesterol is a waxy fat-like substance in the cells of the body. Cholesterol contributes to the structures of the cell walls and helps to make up some of the digestive acids that break down the food that’s eaten. It also helps produce Vitamin D and some hormones. The body naturally makes cholesterol, but it’s also in the foods eaten.
There are essentially two kinds of cholesterol to be concerned with. High density lipoprotein, known as HDL, is often referred to as the good cholesterol. Low density lipoprotein is called LDL, and it is considered to be a bad kind of cholesterol. Excessive LDL in the blood stream cause the buildup of plaques in the arteries. This can lead to complications from high blood pressure. Over time, high cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease, stroke, coronary artery disease, and heart attacks. HDL helps to flush the LDL from the system.
It is important to consider cholesterol levels and have them checked by a doctor. While a doctor may prescribe medications to aid in cholesterol management, these drugs often have significant side effects that may lead to weight gain, higher blood sugar levels and type two diabetes. It is better to control cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes whenever possible.
Getting sufficient exercise helps to reduce unwanted weight gain and levels of stored fat in the body. Maintaining proper hydration levels also purges toxins from the body, but the most important factor to consider is your dietary strategy. Changes in eating habits can reduce the amount of unhealthy cholesterol one consumes. Avoid foods that are high in saturated fats, and eat more things that are high in fiber. Foods that are high in unsaturated fats like avocado, nuts, and olive oil are beneficial. Add green vegetables like broccoli and spinach. Include fish in a diet at least two times a week.
Even if not at risk now, take each diet seriously. The long term consequences of avoiding healthy eating habits can impair ones plans for the future.
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