Many people don't do enough research when the doctor says the Cholesterol is high. Right away the first choice for doctors to suggest is medicine. Patients should do some heavy research before agreeing to any medicine for their own well being. Read all the information about the conditions that are caused by high Cholesterol and triglyceride rising numbers too.This list is only touching on five important points.The rest is up to you.
Not even a decade ago the ideal Cholesterol range was 250. That is now labeled at 200 or a ratio of 5 to 1. The doctor will take a lipid profile to determine what you cholesterol numbers are. Triglycerides will be monitored in that same blood sample taken. The family history will have a bearing on the Cholesterol reading, so make sure your doctor hears all about your immediate family members and their health history.As early as 1980 the Cholesterol table allowed a person to have a 280 and still be within normal limits.New research has revealed cardiovascular and other health problems can be averted with a lower Cholesterol number. It is not fully known exactly all there is to know about triglycerides, but most lower Cholesterol numbers bring the Triglycerides down too and experts strive for both of those to be in good alignment.
Primarily the big point to get the Cholesterol and triglycerides under control is to limit your saturated fat. You will find high fat in most red meats and even other food items like butter, milk,cheese and many processed or pre packaged foods. By limiting or eliminating the red meat and substituting that with fish,legumes and beans it is suggested to give it at least three months to retake a blood lipid profile test to see how effective that diet has been for you.Reading labels of what you plan on buying before a penny is spent is a healthy idea. Remember to increase your intake of polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, olive oil and some fish.
Weight control has a two fold place in lowering Cholesterol and getting Triglycerides in a good range for most people. Some people have a pre disposition or a family DNA that will give them a high Cholesterol and Triglyceride imbalances too.When the weight is reduced with exercise,the numbers begin to be in balance.The components that were in the detrimental diet, when eliminated, will reduce the caloric intake, bring the ideal weight for the height,sex, age and activity of the person in good range and produce a better blood reading for Cholesterol and hopefully triglycerides. Not everyone has both and it is not really known the real dangers of high triglycerides, but have been linked to cardiovascular conditions. Thirty minutes of exercise four or five times a day is recommended.
There are numerous side effects of the statin drugs. Some doctors still push those drugs for the severe cases of high Cholesterol to that Cholesterol number will be reduced quicker than some people are willing to work with their diet to bring it down.If you truly wish to not take the statins talk with your health care professional and then see a nutritionist. There are natural supplements that can also give you a choice if you prefer not to take statin drugs.Psyllium is an over the counter medicine that lowers Cholesterol without the statin side effects. Consult with your doctor before taking even the over the counter medicines.
There are so many simple exercises for people to do to get Cholesterol numbers down to normal range. Walking can be done anywhere and anytime. Begin walking a short distance and increase it gradually so other physical problems do not arise and stop the exercise altogether.Go to the end of your block and back for up to three days and then go further. Swimming is a great all around exercise. It is considered the top exercise for many since it is low body impact. It is not even necessary to know how to swim to take advantage of the benefits of water for lowering the Cholesterol numbers. Hold on the side of the pool or use floating devices and pretend you are pedaling a bicycle.Again start slowly to prevent health issues especially if you have not exercised for a while.
Great list...and I'm glad you mentioned side effects on the statins...people should research those. Might be enough to scare someone into getting it under control another way. H5
Excellent information on this health concerning topic. H5
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