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High Cholesterol Doesn't Have To Be A Permanent Condition

Jan 31, 2008
As many as 50% of Americans are reported to have elevated, or at least borderline, levels of cholesterol. Your risk of having a stroke or heart attack is greatly increased when your cholesterol level is high.

Cholesterol is naturally produced within the liver. It creates some types of hormones, forms cell membranes and helps in the body's digestion of fats. All of the body's cells contain cholesterol as well as the bloodstream, brain, muscles, nerves and skin.

On top of the cholesterol that is naturally produced in the body, we consume additional amounts in many of the foods we eat. Other factors that can play a role in high cholesterol are age, weight, heredity and even stress.

There are 2 types of cholesterol, often called good and bad. The good cholesterol, HDL, returns it to the liver where it can be broken down. The bad cholesterol, LDL, acts in just the opposite way. It ferries cholesterol away from the liver and into the bloodstream.

When excessive amounts of cholesterol are present in the bloodstream, it adheres to the vessel walls and hardens the arteries restricting the amount of blood flow to the heart and brain and increasing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

High cholesterol and the increased risks attributed to it can be reversed. Lowering your levels is often only a matter of eating a diet low in cholesterol, losing weight and adding a exercise routine.

Reducing saturated fats in your daily diet and eating foods that lower cholesterol, such as fish, oats, whole grains and yogurt can assist you in bringing your levels under control.

The simple lifestyle changes that you can make won't have much effect on your cholesterol if it is an inherited condition or your body has just begun to produce too much for some reason. In these cases the only alternative may be for your doctor to prescribe one or several medications.

There are several things that can put you at a higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack, but high cholesterol is one of those things that with some simple changes you may be able to control. If your levels are too high or even just borderline you may add years to your life just by making some simple changes!
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