What’s Healthy and What’s Not?
Have you checked your cholesterol level in the past 5 years? Have you ever checked your cholesterol level at all? It is recommended that every individual above the age of 20 check(test) their cholesterol levels at least once every five years.
Cholesterol is necessary for the growth of the human body. However, in today’s society cholesterol is generally misunderstood and the impacts of it are underestimated. If not controlled correctly, cholesterol can lead to disturbing health problems.
It is very important when selecting a diet or making lifestyle choices to distinguish between the various kinds of cholesterol. HDL cholesterol is generally thought to be the ”good” type of cholesterol. It is responsible for many significant physical functions as well as the preservation of cell walls.
LDL cholesterol, or low-density, is the “bad” type of cholesterol. Too much LDL cholesterol in the human body can bring about cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and even stroke. If your family has a history of heart problems, it is imperative not only to closely monitor your cholesterol intake, but to also have your cholesterol levels checked on a regular basis.
What is considered a “normal” cholesterol reading?
Cholesterol readings are usually comprised of an LDL cholesterol reading, an HDL cholesterol reading and a total cholesterol reading. In general, you want your combined cholesterol to stay under 200. A borderline analysis may be as high as the 230s, but anything above 240 should be of concern. LDL cholesterol should remain below 130. If it is 160 or higher, you may want to begin making some fairly major nutritional changes. Lastly, HDL cholesterol should stay above 50. Anything below 40 should be of concern.
There are a number of things that you can do yourself to keep bad cholesterol under control. You should choose a balanced diet that includes a good amount of protein, in the form of fish and dark meat, and be sure to get four to six servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Keep away from foods that have a lot of fat, as they are inclined to raise blood cholesterol levels.
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