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Lowering cholesterol levels
itting at your desk all day and consuming junk food for lunch isn’t the best thing for your heart. But often, we don’t have an option. Besides we tend to take our health for granted at times. If you are one of those who fall in this category of people, maybe you should be know a bit about cholesterol.
Men are more prone to heart diseases but that doesn’t mean women aren’t safe from it either. It is true that genetics play a roll in who will ultimately get a heart attack but unhealthy eating, inactive lifestyle and high cholesterol levels play a huge role. Heart diseases claim the lives of a large number of people all around the world every year. So get wise to cholesterol, keep it at a healthy level and reduce your chances of having a heart attack.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced in our body and found in certain foods we eat. Cholesterol can be both good and bad. The good cholesterol is known as High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and the bad cholesterol is known as Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL).
Good cholesterol, or HDL, helps to build the hormones and nerve cells that your body needs. Medical experts also believe that it carries excess plaques, caused from LDL, from the arteries into the liver from where it is eliminated from the body. The HDL that your body requires can be gotten by eating foods high in unsaturated fats, such as avocados, peanuts, and almonds and olive oils. Bad cholesterol or LDL causes a thickening of the arteries restricting blood flow to the heart. This causes the heart muscle to fail, and a heart attack to occur. Avoiding foods high in saturated fats can help to keep your LDL levels at a healthy range. LDL is gotten from fried foods, butter, and animal fats in your diet.
Get your blood checked in every once in a while and get your cholesterol level measured. Levels at 200 or below are considered desirable. Levels between 200 and 239 are considered a little high, and anything above 240 is outright unhealthy. Sometimes your LDL maybe disproportionately higher than your HDL. In such cases, doctors may request that you work on lowering your cholesterol levels even if it is at a seemingly healthy level of 200.
To decrease your LDL and increase your HDL, exercise regularly and take care of what you eat. Avoid saturated fats, refined carbohydrates like sugar and refined flours. Include fresh fruits and vegetables and increase omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish and green vegetables) and only use oils high in HDL in your diet.
Take good care of your heart, reduce your risk of heart disease and live a more promising life.

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