WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL

Cholesterol makes its way through our bodies in the bloodstream. And since fat doesn’t dissolve in blood, our bodies create small packages called lipoproteins to act as carriers. The human body naturally makes all the cholesterol it needs, but it’s also included in foods high in saturated and trans fats which will increase the natural amount of LDL Cholesterol in the blood.

WHAT CAUSES HIGH (LDL) CHOLESTEROL: GENETICS OR LIFESTYLE OR BOTH?

GENETICS
If you have a family history (parents) of high cholesterol, you statistically have a higher chance of developing high cholesterol yourself. That can be thru the habits you indirectly learned from your parents or from a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH).

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a gene mutation that prevent HDL-C from removing the excess LDL Cholesterol from your body. The FH gene can cause your LDL-C levels to sit above 190 in adults and 160 for children. Thus, increasing your chance of a heart attack or stroke.

LIFESTYLE

If your lifestyle consists of smoking, high fat foods, no exercise and you are overweight or obese, these habits can have a negative impact on your overall levels, specific to LDL (Bad) Cholesterol.

Smoking: Smoking has a direct impact on your heart because it decreases the “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels which increases the threat of a heart attack or stroke.

Overweight/Obese: Being overweight/obese increases “bad” LDL cholesterol thus increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Nutrition: The consumption of foods high in fats are the number one contributor to high (LDL) cholesterol. Trans fats are found in baked treats and fried food as well as red meats, milk and other dairy products. Making up the dominant components of the American diet. All of which increase LDL Cholesterol.

CHOLESTEROL MANAGEMENT

Making changes in what you eat can reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in your body and improve your overall heart health. Different foods can help lower cholesterol in different ways.

Eliminating the processed foods and replacing them with whole foods will help reduce the bad cholesterol while consuming more foods with the good fats (fish, nuts, etc) will increase the good cholesterol.

Additionally, an increase in physical activity by starting with daily walks of 20-30 minutes and gradually including some resistance training will help to raise your LDL-C levels and lower your cardiovascular risks.

Although it’s important to quit smoking, increasing your physical activity and making changes in your nutrition, it may only be part of the solution. If your LDL levels are borderline high or above, then taking cholesterol-lowering medication will give you time to reduce your LDL naturally as you make the lifestyle changes.

WHY CHOOSE BODY REFINED TO HELP YOU WITH CHOLESTEROL MANAGEMENT

Lowering your bad (LDL) cholesterol is important in reducing your risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. Millions of people living with high cholesterol are left untreated or relying on medication to fix the problem. So, creating a cholesterol management plan is very important.

Before you can do that, you must know your current cholesterol levels. Remember, there are no noticeable signs of high cholesterol, so the only way to be aware of your cholesterol levels is through a blood test.

Once you’ve been diagnosed with high levels of LDL-C, you and your primary care physician will set an individual goal and Body Refined can help build a cholesterol management plan with you to help lower your LDL-C.

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