Treating High Cholesterol For Better Health
Cholesterol, the waxy substance made by the human body that is important to many body functions, is divided in two categories: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good type of cholesterol. Research indicates that high levels of LDL are associated with a higher risk for heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol treatment that raises HDL levels and lowers the bad LDL levels can help to improve your health and lower your risk for serious medical conditions.
Studies show that certain lifestyle changes can have a beneficial effect on LDL and HDL levels in the body. Physicians recommend that patients with high cholesterol levels actively work toward managing their weight, engage in daily exercise, stop smoking and drink alcohol only in moderation to improve cholesterol levels and lower their risk for serious diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes.
Changes in your diet can also lower your cholesterol level. Reducing the amount of red meat, and eating more oatmeal, whole grains, avocado and fish can help to lower your cholesterol levels. Increasing the amount of good fats, such as those in fish, nuts and olive oil will help to manage high cholesterol to maintain better health. For many individuals, dietary changes are all that is needed to lower cholesterol levels.
A number of medications, called statins, can help to lower high cholesterol levels. These drugs can be helpful when diet and lifestyle changes are not effective enough to lower cholesterol. Taking these medications daily can have a significant effect on your cholesterol level. Your physician can advise you on the right type of cholesterol-lowering drug for your needs.
If You Have Diabetes
Diabetes can raise levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the bloodstream, which can increase patients’ risk for heart disease. Cholesterol treatments can help to manage the level of these lipids in the body and can help diabetics maintain better health throughout their lives. If you have been diagnosed as diabetic, talk to your doctor about regular cholesterol and triglyceride tests to ensure that you are doing all you can to manage these important components.