is a waxy, fat-like substance that is present in every cell
in the body. Some cholesterol is needed for our body to
function. Our liver produces enough cholesterol for the
body. However certain foods provide additional amounts of
cholesterol, which may be more than our body needs.
some cholesterol in the blood is essential to our health,
too much can be harmful. If the cholesterol level
is too high, it may increase our risk of heart disease.
There are many reasons for a high cholesterol level. These
include diet and family history. Obesity or some diseases
such as diabetes can also contribute to a high cholesterol
there different kinds of cholesterol
Different types of cholesterol and fats have different
effects. The most commonly known types are:
LDL Cholesterol- Low-density
lipoprotein, or LDL cholesterol, is known as "the bad
cholesterol." Excess LDL builds up on our arteries and
may lead to heart disease. The higher the level of LDL, the
higher the risk for heart disease. Lowering elevated LDL
cholesterol can prevent heart attacks and save lives.
lipoprotein, or HDL cholesterol, has earned the nickname
"the good cholesterol." That’s because it is
believed to remove cholesterol from the blood. High levels
of HDL in the blood may help to reduce our risk of coronary
heart disease. Low HDL levels can increase our risk of heart
are another type of fat in our bloodstream. People with a
high blood triglyceride level may also have a high LDL.
Those with a high triglyceride level in addition to an
elevated LDL cholesterol level may be at an increased risk
of coronary heart disease.
is high cholesterol ?
definition of high cholesterol can very depending on other
risk factors. Discuss with your doctor what is considered
high for you.
help you determine when cholesterol should be considered
high, the National Institute of Health (NIH), USA created a
panel of experts to develop the National Cholesterol
experts created guidelines for the detection and treatment
of high blood cholesterol in adults. These guidelines are
followed by doctors the world-over.
Cholesterol Levels (as per NCEP)
cholesterol less than 200 mg/dL
cholesterol less than 130 mg/dL
people with heart disease (prior angina, heart attack.
Bypass surgery or angioplasty) an LDL cholesterol level of
less than 100 mg/dl. is desirable
factors for heart disease
-High LDL Cholesterol
-Low HDL Cholesterol
-(less than 35 mg/dL)
High blood pleasure
-Family history of early heart disease
- ( a parent or sibling less than 55 years old [if male ] or
65 years old [if female] )
to help older people control cholesterol
because you are over 65 doesn’t mean you can ignore your
cholesterol level. Lowering your cholesterol can help you
stay healthy by reducing you risk for heart disease.
foods low in saturated fat, total fat and cholesterol.
choices include fruits and vegetables. Low fat and fat free
dairy products and whole grains.
a healthy weight.
overweight raises your cholesterol and increase your risk of
getting heart disease.
your doctors okay, try 30 minutes of moderate activity a
day. Brisk walking and stretching helps tone up the entire
body and de-stresses the body. Start by dividing 30 minutes
into three-10 minute sessions and gradually increase
your doctor has prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication
for you, it is important that you take it regularly every
Two Three…..lets exercise!
is good for your heart!Your heart is a muscle. Like any
other muscle. It needs to stay active. You should ask
your doctor what exercise program is right for you -
before embarking on it.
most people, moderate exercise for 20 minutes three times a
week helps reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
exercise helps to raise the level of "good"
cholesterol (called HDL cholesterol). HDL helps remove
"bad cholesterol" (LDL cholesterol) from your
level of LDL in the blood can cause fatty buildup in your
arteries, blocking the flow of blood and possibly leading to
a heart attack.
can help lower your blood pleasure. If your blood
pressure is too high, your risk of heart disease, and
possible heart attack or stroke (brain attack), is much
greater then if you keep your blood pleasure under control.
Exercise can help you do this.
can also help you to lose weight. Being overweight
can greatly increase your risk of heart disease, as well as
raise your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Losing
weight through a sensible program of exercise and diet can
go a long way towards keeping your heart as healthy as
Calories Burned per 20 Minutes of Activity
has other health benefits too:
also strengths the lungs, tones the muscles and keeps the
joints in good condition. And if you have diabetes,
exercise is also an important part of achieving good
helps you cope with stress
everyone of one time or the other, experiences stress.
Being subjected to stress on an occasional basis is
usually not harmful. Continual stress, however, will
eventually have a detrimental effect on your health.
Whether you suffer because of stress depends on your
reaction to it. Exercise is an excellent way of coping
with stress, and incorporating a program of regular
exercise into your daily routine can help you deal with
stress more effectively.
are some other good tips on how to cops with stress.
- Plan your
realistic deadlines for your work.
to the situation
not to "fight" the stress.
time aside each day to relax.
time off - a change of routine can help you to relax.