High Cholesterol At a Glance

High Cholesterol At a Glance

High cholesterol can lead to heart disease, and possibly even heart attack. Diet, weight, and physical activity are huge factors in how high or how low your cholesterol levels are.

Here are a few basic facts about high cholesterol.

The American Heart Association recommends having a total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dL. HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or 'good' cholesterol readings should be more than 60 mg/dL to reduce the risk of heart disease. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or 'bad' cholesterol should remain at less than 100 mg/dL. Your LDL reading is actually a better indicator of your risk for heart attack than your total cholesterol reading is.

Having high blood pressure, smoking, and being overweight are all factors that contribute to heart disease, so be sure and talk to your doctor about how you can change your diet and lifestyle to lower your risk for heart disease.

Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables you ingest is a good place to start. Barley and whole grains, eggplant, and okra contain high levels of soluble fiber that decrease chances of developing heart disease. Apples, grapes, strawberries, and citrus fruits also contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber that lowers LDL.

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Cholesterol is an indication of the amount of inflammation in ur body - that's all. You can artificially lower it with statins & kill urself (although ur liver will just make more in attempt to repair the inflammation) what really matters is only the LDL & the SIZE of the LDL. Even Dr. Oz finally caught up to this one. Check it out - maybe ur Dr. will figure it out too. Good luck getting them to let go of the revenue from monthly office visits, blood work and those oh so profitable scripts (that make you so sick you need more scripts!)
Myth 2. Eating eggs raises your cholesterol levels. Truth Dietary cholesterol found in eggs has little to do with the amount of cholesterol in your body. The confusion can be boiled down to semantics: The same word, "cholesterol," is used to describe two different things. Dietary cholesterol—the fat-like molecules in animal-based foods like eggs—doesn’t greatly affect the amount of cholesterol circulating in your bloodstream. Your body makes its own cholesterol, so it doesn’t need much of the kind you eat. Instead, what fuels your body’s cholesterol-making machine is certain saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain relatively small amounts of saturated fat. One large egg contains about 1.5 grams saturated fat, a fraction of the amount in the tablespoon of butter many cooks use to cook that egg in. So, cutting eggs out of your diet is a bad idea; they're a rich source of 13 vitamins and minerals.
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