Cholesterol: The Good VS. The Bad

Not all cholesterol is created equal. In fact cholesterol itself in normal amounts is good for you. Having too much cholesterol on the other hand can be dangerous as it builds up in the walls of the arteries, leading to heart attack or stroke.

There are two types of cholesterol:LDL Cholesterol which is the bad cholesterol as it contributes to a buildup of plaque, which can clog arteries. This buildup of plaque in the arteries also known as atherosclerosis. Also there’s HDL Cholesterol. the good cholesterol, as it helps remove LDL cholesterol from the arteries taking it back to the liver to be broken down and removed from the body.

Cholesterol can be tested through a simple blood test at your doctors office, in which you’ll likely be giving your total cholesterol score. Make sure to discuss the rich target goal with your provider, and the necessary management plan to keep it in check.

Managing High Cholesterol

In addition to an exercise routine and healthy lifestyle, it’s critical to follow heart healthy eating guidelines:
Do Eat: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, nuts and low-fat dairy products.

Limit : Red meat, sugary foods and beverages and sodium

Avoid : Foods high in saturated and trans fat.

Substitute : baked foods for fried foods; All of oil and vegetable oil for butter; skim milk for milk; extra lean meats for regular meat.

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