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Despite popular belief, cholesterol is necessary to your body. It is used to produce hormones, and to build your cells walls. However, when cholesterol levels get out of control it can wreak havoc to your health. High LDL level especially can lead to heart and artery disease. Your body produces cholesterol and you also can get cholesterol from various foods that you eat. When you have more LDL cholesterol than your body needs, plaque can build up on the artery walls narrowing the arteries, and make it more difficult for blood to flow.

Dangers of High Cholesterol

There are many dangers associated with high cholesterol. Some of these dangers include:

Heart Attack – If high cholesterol clogs a coronary artery, then your heart does not get enough blood and oxygen. Without enough oxygen, the heart becomes weak. If the plaque breaks open blood clots may form on top of the plaque build-up, further blocking the artery which can result in a heart attack.

StrokePlaque build-up can also rob the brain of oxygen causing a stroke.

The problem is that there are little or no warning symptoms that a person has high cholesterol, which means that a heart attack or stroke can occur with little warning. Having your cholesterol checked periodically, and making sure that you keep those cholesterol levels within normal limits may actually help to prevent coronary artery disease that can lead to poor health.

What You Can do to Keep Cholesterol Levels in Check

While cholesterol is treatable, it is best to prevent high cholesterol in the first place. There are several things you can do to help keep those cholesterol levels in check and maintain good health. Here are a few things you can do.

  • Reduce your consumption of cholesterol making foods such as saturated fats.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain a lot of natural fiber which can help to keep LDL (bad cholesterol)l levels low. Grains such as oatmeal can also help to reduce LDL levels.
  • Monitor your Weight and get plenty of exercise. Being overweight is bad for your health in a number of ways and can contribute to higher levels of cholesterol in your blood. Exercise does not only help you to maintain a normal weight, but can also strengthen your cardiovascular system.
  • If you smoke quit. Smoking can lower the levels of HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood leaving disproportionate levels of LDL cholesterol (bad) in your blood stream.
  • Consider taking fish oil supplements. Fish oil supplements help to lower triglyceride levels in the blood, and it is the triglyceride that causes plaque to build up on the artery walls.

The truth is if you maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy foods, get plenty of exercise, and monitor your weight, chances are that you can prevent or at least greatly reduce your risks for high cholesterol and the diseases it can cause. In addition, you will feel better, have more energy and be able to enjoy your life to the fullest.

 

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