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Tips for Reducing High Cholesterol
Have you been Diagnosed with High Cholesterol?
I decided to write this article because I've been researching the subject for myself. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and wanted to get ideas on what I can realistically do to get my bad numbers down. Getting my bad numbers down to a healthy level has been a combination of different factors. I try to eat healthy and limit my fat intake, I exercise at least five times a week, take supplements and chose to get on a statin medication. I hope in the future I can quit taking the statin drug by making better life-style changes. Hopefully, these simple tips can help you if your struggling with high cholesterol.
Do you Have High Cholesterol
FDA Update on Statin Safety
Summary of negative side effects of Statin drugs:
- Liver injury is said to be rare
- Some reports of memory loss
- Risk of diabetes
- Potential for muscle damage
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who take statins to prevent heart disease, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has important new safety information on these cholesterol-lowering medications.
FDA is advising consumers and health care professionals that:
- Routine monitoring of liver enzymes in the blood, once considered standard procedure for statin users, is no longer needed. Such monitoring has not been found to be effective in predicting or preventing the rare occurrences of serious liver injury associated with statin use.
- Cognitive (brain-related) impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users.
- People being treated with statins may have an increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes.
- Some medications interact with lovastatin (brand names include Mevacor) and can increase the risk of muscle damage.
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What is Cholesterol/High Cholesterol
The Mayo Clinic defines cholesterol as a waxy substance that can be found in the fats in your blood. We all need cholesterol to help build healthy cells but high cholesterol levels can lead to a high risk of heart disease.
LDL cholesterol can build up on the inside of artery walls and this is what can lead to blockages and heart attacks. LDL is the cholesterol we want to stay low.
HDL cholesterol is what many like to call, the Happy or Good cholesterol. This type of cholesterol prevents arteries from getting clogged. We all want to shoot for a high number with this cholesterol.
Although some of us may have a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol, most of us have it because of life-style choices. The good news, we can change our unhealthy choices and habits to help against the fight of high cholesterol levels.
Causes of High Cholesterol Levels
According to WebMD, these are the main causes for high cholesterol levels:
- Certain foods you eat. Eating too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol can raise your cholesterol.
- Being overweight. This may lower HDL ("good") cholesterol.
- Being inactive Not exercising may lower HDL ("good") cholesterol.
- Age. ...
- Family history
How to Get High Cholesterol Under Control
For those of us that don't have the genetic risk factor for high cholesterol, here are some basics to help you:
- A healthy diet can help in lowering your cholesterol.
- Exercise-At least 30 minutes of cardio-five days a week.
- Medication-A simple blood test will reveal if you need to get on medication.
- Supplements-Many opt to take supplements to help reduce high cholesterol; either in conjunction with medication, or on it's own.
Diet-Just a reminder: Ice cream, fatty meats and butter are big no no's when struggling with high cholesterol.
Here is a list of foods that are healthy for you:
Fiber-Any foods high in fiber are good for your diet. Foods such as: Oatmeal, oat bran, kidney beans, apples, pears, barley and prunes.
Omega's-Fish and omega-3 Fatty Acids are a healthy food choice. Just remember that broiling, baking and grilling are the best cooking methods. Frying fish in butter or fatty oils is an unhealthy cooking choice. Doctor's recommend having two servings of fish a week.
Nuts-Almonds, walnuts, peanuts and pistachios are some of the healthy choices. One handful a day can reduce your risk of heart disease.
List of Cholesterol Lowering Foods:
- Oatmeal/Oat Bran
- Whole Wheat Bread, Crackers and Pasta
- Brown Rice
- Legumes such as Kidney Beans
- Green Leafy Vegetables
- Fruits such as Apples, Pears, Blueberries and Prunes
- Olive Oil
- Nuts such as Almonds/Walnuts
- Skim Milk
- Chicken and Turkey
Healthy Food Choices are Key for Reducing High Cholesterol
Apples are a Healthy Food Choice
Stay Away or Limit Foods High in Fat
Statistics on High Cholesterol in Americans
According to CDC.Gov, many Americans struggle with high cholesterol. Here are some statistics:
- 73.5 million adults in the U.S. have high LDL or "bad" cholesterol.
- Fewer than 1 out of 3 adults with high LDL cholesterol has their condition under control.
- Less than 1/2 of adults with high LDL cholesterol are getting treatment to lower their levels.
- Nearly 31 million adult Americans have a total cholesterol level greater than 240 mg/dl.
Other Articles on High Cholesterol
- A List of Foods for People with High Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and the Somewhere in Between
What to eat -- and not eat -- if your bad cholesterol and triglycerides are high
© 2011 Linda Rogers