How To Check If You’re At Risk For High Cholesterol

Cholesterol Can Be A Real Killer

 Are you aware of the foods that you eat? If so, you may want to check it again. You might have consumed copious amounts of bad food that can contribute to a higher level of “bad” cholesterol or LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein).

If left unchecked, high LDL levels could contribute to plaque buildup around your arteries which can result in either stroke or heart attack.

A sizable portion of the American population (73 million to be specific) suffers from high cholesterol levels. These people are more prone to cardiovascular diseases than people who have a relatively healthy level of cholesterol.

If you suspect that you have high cholesterol, do not worry. There are certainly some things that you can do about it to help reduce its level. I will give you more information in this article, so be sure to read through the entire thing if you want to get educated.

 

Things that Are Out of Your Control

According to David Engleman, M.D, a renowned cardiologist with the Medical City Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, genetics plays a very important role in a person’s cholesterol levels. If your family is most susceptible to high cholesterol, then you will most likely have a genetic predisposition to it as well.

There are also some cases where genetic defects that can lead to what is known as the hypercholesterolemia which can also affect a person’s susceptibility to high cholesterol levels. He added that there are mutations in certain genes that may affect the way that cholesterol is being metabolized.

Your age and gender also play a crucial role in the risk of high cholesterol. Women’s estrogen can actually curb the effects of LDL (otherwise known as the bad cholesterol) before menopause, but after such events, their likelihood of developing heart diseases due to high cholesterol increases.

For men, they are already susceptible to high cholesterol even during their teenage years. This can be attributed to the gender’s lower HDL (the good cholesterol) levels. HDL has been known to remove bad cholesterol away from the body.

 

What Can You Do?

It is a simple fact that there is nothing you can really do when it comes to genetics and also your age and gender. At some point, we will get older and we are going to be more prone to cardiovascular diseases due to high cholesterol levels.

That being said, although there are things that are beyond your control, there are things that you can do. One way to lessen LDL levels would be to be aware of what you eat. Your diet plays a crucial role here. Eat less fatty foods and red meat and eat more fruits and vegetables instead. High cholesterol isn’t the only thing you’ll end up worrying about if you eat unhealthy and keep gaining weight. Having recurring problems in the bedroom such as premature ejaculation is also a problem a lot of men would end up experiencing if they keep gaining weight and pumping in foods that will increase cholesterol, as cholesterol has a tendency to latch on to your arteries and veins, and as everyone knows, PE/ED, these are issues that are connected to blood flow, along with mental issues as well.

It is also recommended that you increase your physical activity as well as it has been proven, time and again, that it can help curb LDL levels.

You want to aim for at least 150 minutes of low-intensity or moderate exercises or you can put in 75 minutes of intense/vigorous exercise per week.

Remember, high cholesterol levels can actually be detrimental to your health as it increases your risk of developing heart diseases. However, you can do something about it by taking a look at what you eat as well as increasing your physical activity.

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