Tuesday, December 9, 2008

cholesterol

Cholesterol is one of the fats in your blood. Your body needs it and uses it to work properly. There are two main types of cholesterol:

  1. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL is often called the bad cholesterol because high levels in the blood promotes the buildup of plaque in the artery walls
  2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is called the good cholesterol because it helps carry LDL-cholesterol away from the artery walls
The Heart & Stroke foundation provides a lot of information about this topic.
One of the risk factors is age: men ofer 40 and women over 50, who have entered menopause.
If you have had heart disease, or a TIA, you are at risk.
It is a hidden disease for some, since they are asymptomatic. You should have your doctor test you regularly for cholesterol. Many have a risk form, which isn't well tested on women, that charts your risk factors: age, weight, etc. This, and testing your blood pressure, are crucial for women, especially, since we are living longer and need to take better care of ourselves. Back in the 'good old days', women were not perceived to be at risk for such issues. Ask questions.

To prevent bad cholesterol, avoid fatty foods, limit saturated fats, snack carefully, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, use olive oil, flax oil and visit a nutritionist if you are at all in doubt.

Exercise is something you must do. I try to do 30 minutes per day, and I find that this relieves stress, keeps me fit, helps my endurance, and reduces stress.
For more information, and a video, visit here: cholesterol

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