Many people avoid the doctor simply because they know that they are not eating the best foods for a long and healthy life. The last thing they want to hear is that they are suffering from hypertension or their cholesterol is at unacceptable levels. In both instances, the health of the heart will be affected which means that proper monitoring and control will be essential. It is important to note that cholesterol can be found in many of the foods a person consumes and is used to help a person digest their food. Before hitting the panic button here, are a few things to keep in mind about cholesterol.
When a patient is told that they have high cholesterol the natural reaction is to want it gone, especially since the effects on the heart can be detrimental. It is interesting to note that the body must have cholesterol to perform its important duties like producing vitamin D. Cholesterol also helps the body produce bile acids which work in concert to digest its fat. Neurological functions and memories are relying on cholesterol then why should the patient be concerned about it? This is where it gets interesting since there are two types of cholesterol a good and a bad.
Known as HDL or high-density lipoprotein in medical circles the body uses this cholesterol to keep the arteries free from unwanted traffic. Good cholesterol performs the duties of security as it relates to those arteries as it works tirelessly to keep them free from the build up of unwanted plaque. The importance of this service will be seen in a healthy heart and lower risks of coronary diseases. The body also relies on this high-density lipoprotein to transport cholesterol to the liver that may be lodged in other areas.
When the doctor talks about lowering cholesterol levels this is the one that he will be particularly concerned about. The more low-density lipoprotein, or LDL that the body has the greater the possibility of it evolving into a heart problem. The magic number is 190 and the patient will need to maintain a number lower than that to be considered as safe. If those numbers are allowed to remain elevated the results will almost always result in clogged arteries. Whether they are clots or total closure if the arteries are restricted then the flow of blood to the brain will be affected.
Cholesterol levels are determined by both HDL and LDL, however, the elevated levels of Triglyceride are probably the greatest concern. These levels are not just about the foods that the patient consumes, they are also affected by other areas like excessive consumption of alcohol. Couch potatoes and people who are considered as inactive are particularly vulnerable to elevated Triglyceride numbers. Considered as nothing but unwanted fat smoking and obesity are two more triggers to high Triglyceride levels. In addition to cardiac issues, the patient will also be at risk of diabetes, which is yet another dangerous consequence of cholesterol.
The solution for treating cholesterol is knowledge and early diagnosis. More often than not the patient will have the ability to control their cholesterol. Triglyceride levels that are less than 150 are considered as normal. When those numbers become elevated but remain below 199 there will be some cause for concern. When blood work returns a number above 200 but below 499 the patient will probably be advised to monitor the foods they consume and increase their activities. Panic buttons will more than likely be pushed and matched with prescription medications if the numbers exceed 500 Triglycerides.