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How to Reduce Cholesterol Without Surgery

Updated on September 21, 2019
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Jeff Zod is a health, fitness and nutrition enthusiast.He enjoys eating healthy food and exercising.

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Importance of Cholesterol in the body

Cholesterol is created in the liver.

It has numerous critical functions. For example, it aids in keeping the walls of the cells flexible.It is also required in the creation of several hormones.

However, too much cholesterol or cholesterol in the wrong parts of the body causes problems for individuals.

Cholesterol does not dissolve in water. The transport of cholesterol in the body is dependent on molecules called lipoproteins.These molecules transport cholesterol, fat and fat-soluble vitamins in the blood.

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How to reduce cholesterol naturally

Modern life has introduced foods in our diets that are high in fats, sugar, salt and low in nutritional value.With fast food joints popping up like zits everywhere,it is not surprising that the number of lifestyle related disease has shot up dramatically in the last few decades.

Fast foods are one of the main culprits for this untenable situation.These kinds of foods contain a lot of harmful cholesterol.


The Good and Bad Cholesterol

Our bodies require cholesterol for proper functioning.There are two kinds of cholesterol depending on the type of lipo-protein that transport it :

Low Density Lipo-protein(LDL) This is the kind that is harmful to the body.It fosters the develoment of arteriosclerosis.

High Density Lipo-protein (HDL) This is the beneficial cholesterol. It aids in the prevention of arteriosclerosis. It is found in olive oil. Physical exercise elevates the levels of High Density Lipo-protein(HDL).


Avocado (Guacamole)
Avocado (Guacamole) | Source

Avocadoes(Guacamole), olive oil, canola oil and nuts such as walnut and macadamia contain mon-unsaturated fats which help in lowering Low Density Lipo-protein(LDL).

One should aim at reducing total fats and they should use more mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats.Mono-unsaturated fats increase the levels of High Density Lipo-protein (HDL) and prevent arteriosclerosis.

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Blood cholesterol levels refers to the sum of both the Low Density Lipo-protein(LDL) and the High Density Lipo-protein (HDL).

Do you know your cholesterol level? High cholesterol is top factor for heart disease.High cholesterol is more than five milimoles per liter of blood(5mmol/L).

Hypothyroidism is comon in women.In hypothyroidism the hypothyroid is under-active.If the condition goes untreated, it may lead to elevated cholesterol levels.

The symptoms are :

  • Fatigue

  • Weight gain

  • Depression

  • Stiff joints

  • Hair loss

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Overweight person | Source

Reduce weight

If you are overweight or obese you are at a higher risk of having elevated cholesterol levels.Obese people have High Density Lipo-protein (HDL) levels that are ten to fifteen percent lower than lean people. Reduction in weight leads to an increase of the High Density Lipo-proteins(HDLs)



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Quit Smoking

Smoking is lethal to your overall health. Smoking reduces the High Density Lipo-protein (HDL) levels by about six percent. A greater drop is experienced by chronic smokers.


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Woman exercising | Source

Exercise

Exercise has numerous health benefits.Some of them include the formation of lean muscles, increased oxygen supply in the body, increased metabolic efficiency and burning of excess fats in the body.Exercise also reduces triglycerides in the blood.

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Healthy Diet

Diet plays a critical role in the health of an individual. A diet that is rich in fat elevates the levels of HDL. In order to eliminate or reduce the formation of plaque in the arteries, one should aim to reduce the intake of fat.

Increasing foods that lower LDL, is one of the best ways to achieve a low cholesterol diet.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2019 Jeff Zod

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    • Erudite Scholar profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Zod 

      11 months ago from Nairobi

      Hi Audrey,

      It is very commendable that you have not visited a fast food joint in 15 years. I agree, people need to watch their health to avoid lifestyle diseases. Cholesterol kills silently.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      11 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I haven't been to a fast food restaurant in 15 years. I also rarely eat out as I want to know what's in my food and how it's prepared. This article is full of helpful information for anyone interested in keeping both good and bad cholesterol in check.

    • Erudite Scholar profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Zod 

      12 months ago from Nairobi

      Hi Denise,

      Thank you so much for stopping by.I really appreciate it.People no longer care about their health.They only get worried when they get sick. Healthy living is the way to go.

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      Denise McGill 

      12 months ago from Fresno CA

      I'm so amused by your use of the term "fast food places popping up like zits". You made me laugh because it's so true. They are about as valuable and healthful as zits as well. Keep up the good work. We need to hear this often.

      Blessings,

      Denise

    • Erudite Scholar profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Zod 

      12 months ago from Nairobi

      Hi Pamela,

      Thank you so much for your comments.It is remarkable that you were born with high HDL.You are most welcome.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      12 months ago from Sunny Florida

      You covered the topic of cholesterol quite well. I have always een fortunate to naturally have a high HDL, which is so healthy. Thanks for sharing all of this information.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      13 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      All comments that seem useful and is well noted.Thank you all.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      Very informative article on such an important topic. Thank you for sharing.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      13 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Zod, not at all, please. Enjoy the day.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      Informational and helpful. Practical reminders to so many who need to hear it everyday. Thank you.

    • Erudite Scholar profile imageAUTHOR

      Jeff Zod 

      13 months ago from Nairobi

      Hi Fiberesima,

      Thank you so much for always taking the time to read my work.I really appreciate it so much.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      13 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Erudite Scholar, this article contains useful but salient information for health enthusiasts like me. Thanks, for sharing.

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