Cholesterol: Monitor Your Cholesterol Level and safeguard your Health

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Cholesterol is a waxy biochemical compound that is naturally produced by the human body. It is a combination of lipid (fat) and steroid and is found in the cell membranes and transported in the blood plasma. Read on discover the positive and negative aspects of cholesterol and the ways to monitor maintain at a safer level

Basic Facts

Fats are an essential source of fuel for the body's metabolic processes and are necessary for many body functions. Fats within the body are often referred to as lipids. Lipids come from two sources:

1. externally ' from the foods you eat, and
2. internally ' formed in the body (primarily the liver).

There are two major classifications of fats:

1. cholesterol and
2. triglycerides.

The fact is, if you have high triglycerides, there’s a pretty good chance you also have high LDL and low HDL. High LDL and low HDL in your blood could build up within the walls of your arteries, forming plaque and restricting blood flow. High triglyceride levels can also increase your risk of heart disease.

Lipds: Three Categories

The three main categories of lipids are:

1. Low-density lipoproteins ("bad cholesterol") build up in arteries to form plaque, which can restrict blood flow to your heart, brain,and other organs.

2. High-density lipoproteins ("good cholesterol") carry cholesterol from the blood vessels to the liver, where the body can eliminate it.

3. Triglycerides ("the other bad lipid") are a form of lipid that is produced in the liver and also comes from the foods you eat.

What are the Optimum Levels? How to Remain Within Optimum Level?

Total cholesterol is a measure of all the fats (lipids) in your bloodstream.

If your total serum triglycerides are: Your classification is:

1. Less than 150 mg/dL > Normal
2. 150 to 199 mg/dL > Borderline-high triglycerides
3. 200 to 499 mg/dL > High triglycerides
4. 500 mg/dL or higher > Very high triglycerides

The good news is that you can take steps to bring your cholesterol and triglycerides in line. Here are the top three lifestyle changes that can help you manage cholesterol:

Improving Diet

Avoiding Diets with too much:

1. saturated fat (found mostly in foods that come from animals);
2. trans fat (found mostly in food made with hydrogenated oils and fats like french fries); and
3. cholesterol (which comes only from animal products)

Losing Weight

Excess weight tends to

1. increase your LDL level
2. raises triglycerides level typically; and
3. lowers HDL.

Losing the extra pounds may help lower your LDL and triglycerides, while raising your HDL.

Becoming More Active

Regular physical activity like brisk walk / exercise can:

1. raise HDL;
2. lower triglycerides;
3. lower your LDL;
4. lose weight


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author avatar Rathnashikamani
14th Mar 2011 (#)

Monitor cholesterol for moderate weight!
These are facts but many ignore them.

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