Heart-Healthy Tips: Control Your Cholesterol
|Tuesday, 07 September 2010|
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
High cholesterol affects Americans of all ages and sizes. Although cholesterol is needed by our bodies to create healthy cells, Vitamin D and certain hormones, too much cholesterol clogs the blood vessels. This condition can slow down and even stop blood flow, enhancing the possibility of cardiovascular disease, coronary disease, heart attacks, and strokes. According to a medical study done by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), high cholesterol levels are not only bad for the heart and blood vessels, but they may also increase the risk of cognitive impairment, which may lead to Alzheimer's disease.
During September, National Cholesterol Education Month, focus on screening and prevention as two smart ways to combat high cholesterol and subsequent health problems. A simple blood test lets you and your doctor know your total blood cholesterol level and allows your doctor to recommend treatment. Keep these tips in mind when considering cholesterol screening:
While the aforementioned cholesterol levels are average, ask your healthcare provider about an acceptable cholesterol level for you and how often you need it checked.
Although cholesterol-lowering drugs do exist, prevention is the best combatant against high-risk cholesterol levels. A healthy diet and exercise are key in preventing LDL cholesterol build-up. Follow these guidelines for preventing high-risk cholesterol levels: