ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Lower LDL

Updated on May 21, 2013

What is LDL?

LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein and it is cholesterols that can cause heart attacks and blood clots. High amount of LDL in our blood will increase the chances of cholesterols that can collect on the walls of the blood vessels and create blockage in an artery and in turn will lead to plaque growth and atherosclerosis. Lipoprotein are not all bad and is actually important to our health, it is one of the carriers for cholesterols taking it where it needs to be. But keeping LDL low is important because it is one of the bad lipoproteins.

Why LDL is Bad

LDL is bad due to the chemical build up of LDL it can create inflammation in the artery because white blood cells try to get rid of it, LDL will turn toxic. When LDL and white blood cells come together and become toxic your body will then send more white blood cells to try to protect the area thus leading to more inflammation of the artery creating what is known as plaque. Soon the artery will be blocked by plaque, which is made up of cholesterol, cells, and debris and this will heart attacks and blood clots. LDL also tend of deposit in the walls of the arteries which is not good and this is possibly why the white blood cells attack them in the first place.

How to Lower LDL Cholesterol

Diet and exercise is the ultimate way to lower your LDL naturally as well as improve your overall health.

Choosing food that is low in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol is a good starting point for your diet. Food that is high in fiber and plant sterols will also help lower LDL.


Foods to Add to Your Diet:

  • Oatmeal
  • Oat Bran
  • Flax Seeds
  • Fruits high in fiber: example; banana, apple, avocado, guava, prunes, grapes, strawberries
  • Vegetables high in fiber: example; broccoli, carrot, avocado, eggplant, soybeans, spinach, legumes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Navy Beans
  • Fish that are high in omega-3: example; mackerel, herring, salmon, halibut
  • Walnuts (only a handful daily)
  • Almonds (only a handful daily)
  • Pecans (only a handful daily)
  • Pistachio (only a handful daily)
  • Olive Oil
  • Tofu
  • Soy Milk
  • Food high in plant sterols: example; margarines, orange juice, yogurt drinks

**Note: Choose brown rice, whole wheat, oatmeal, barley, and other whole grain products


Take Out:

  • Chocolate
  • Palm Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Chocolate
  • Whole Milk
  • Half and Half Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Ice Cream
  • Sour Cream
  • Butter
  • Meat that is high in fat such as bacon, ribs, pastrami, bologna, pepperoni, lamb, etc
  • Egg Yolks
  • Shrimp

As for exercise, regular exercise definitely helps with lowering LDL and maintaining a healthy weight for your age and height is desirable. The American health association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise every day.


** Note: the foods listed are just examples of some of the food that is good or that is bad for your health regarding LDL, please also speak with a doctor as maybe some food is not right for your

Drugs to Lower LDL

If exercise and diet cannot lower your LDL enough or maybe it is not possible for you to exercise and/or diet then there are medication that can lower LDL (must consult doctor before taking medicine for lowering LDL.) Some drugs that are popular on the market for lowering LDL are Statins, Niacin, Fibrates, Zetia, and Bile Acid Sequestrants.


Other Factors:

Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are high contributors to having high LDL.



Healthy Life, Happy Life

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)