Cholesterol Facts
Posted on Oct 10, 2016 2017-07-07T14:33:40+00:00 0 Uncategorized, Heart Health Emergency Medical Care
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  1. Not all cholesterol is ‘bad’ for your heart. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the dangerous kind, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is beneficial for your body.
  1. Over 73 million Americans have high LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  2. If you have high cholesterol and are also obese or overweight, losing just 5-10% of your overall weight can potentially make a significant difference in your cholesterol levels.
  3. High cholesterol can manifest itself physically, causing ‘xanthomas’ (discolored fatty growths) on the skin.
  4. Cholesterol climbs with age, especially in women, often significantly rising during menopause.
  5. If you could take a look at cholesterol-clogged arteries, you would see that they are lined with a thick yellow substance that highly resembles butter, eww!
  6. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, eating foods with ‘good’ HDL cholesterol just adds extra.
  7. While high levels of LDL cholesterol produce dangerous plaque buildups in the arteries, target levels of HDL cholesterol can actually lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  8. Common risk factors for high cholesterol include: having a genetic predisposition toward cardiovascular disease, having poor dietary habits (such as consuming foods high in saturated fats), being overweight or obese, having a sedentary lifestyle, being a smoker or if you have diabetes.
  9. People who are underweight or who fall under the ‘normal’ range for BMI can still have high cholesterol, especially if they have a poor diet, have a genetic predisposition, smoke or are sedentary.
  10. 1 in 500 people are afflicted by a genetic disorder called familial hypercholesterolemia, marked by a defect on the 19th FH causes dangerously high LDL cholesterol levels, even in children with the mutation.
  11. Ingesting more soluble fibre (such as that found in oatmeal, legumes, vegetables) can potentially help lower your cholesterol.
  12. Even children and teens can have high cholesterol. There is nothing wrong with getting your child checked, especially if there are genetic risk factors present.
  13. Having high cholesterol (especially if it goes untreated) can nearly double your risk of developing heart disease.
  14. Making dietary changes such as limiting meat intake (choose protein rich alternatives like beans instead) and increasing your intake of fatty fish (high in omega fatty acids) can help your cholesterol from climbing any higher.
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