LDL Cholesterol

LDL Cholesterol

Watching Your LDL Cholesterol – It’s More Important than You Think

Low-density lipoprotein or LDL transport cholesterol to the arteries and forms plaque on the arterial walls which causes atherosclerosis with increased levels. This results in either stroke, heart attack or even death. This is why LDL is the cholesterol with a bad reputation compared to HDL cholesterol.

Recently, studies have found that women may be lagging behind men when it comes to cholesterol control. According to Amy Norton[1], “Women sometimes underestimate their heart disease risk, we know that women are getting screened, but not enough attention is being paid to getting LDL levels under control.”

Role with heart disease

Just because LDL has a bad reputation, doesn’t mean it’s bad to have it in your system. Atherosclerosis only happens when the concentration and size of the LDL particles present the right condition. There are two ways you can get high LDL levels:

  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia (hereditary)
  • Hyperlipoproteinemia (bad lifestyle choices)

How to lower LDL cholesterol

Obviously, there is not much you can do about inherited cholesterol problems, but lowering ldl can be easy if you make wise lifestyle choices related to diet and exercise. Stay away from cigarettes and try to get 30 minutes of exercise several times a week. Concerning your diet, try to choose leaner meats, along with poultry and fish. Cook with little or no fat instead use vegetable oils such as olive, corn, canola, or peanut oil. Try to eat more vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Combining all these things will help reduce your LDL levels and improve your risk factors concerning heart disease.

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