We hear it all the time in the news, from medical professionals, even from family and friends: “Watch your cholesterol!” The fact is that high cholesterol doubles the risk of getting heart disease.
Because heart health is our number one priority, the skilled professionals at the office of The DOCS will assess the overall health of your heart, identify any danger signs of potential heart disease, and give you the education and tools you need to sustain good heart health — and keep your cholesterol numbers down.
Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) that is present in blood and body tissues that comes in two types: low-density lipoprotein (LDL), considered the “bad” form of cholesterol, causing plaque build up and hardening on the walls of blood vessels; and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol, which moves the LDL out for elimination from the body.
A total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dl is generally considered to be within the normal range, and here are some simple ways to keep your levels in check:
Eat a healthy diet. This includes fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat dairy.
Exercise regularly. A healthy goal is 30-45 minutes around three times a week.
Lose excess weight. If your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30, you have a greater chance of developing high cholesterol.
Don’t smoke. Tobacco smoke damages the walls of the blood vessels, which facilitates plaque buildup.
Control blood sugar. High blood sugar levels can weaken the lining of the arteries, raise LDL cholesterol, and lower HDL cholesterol.
If you suffer from high cholesterol and its health complications, the office of The DOCS is here to help, providing you wit the skilled treatment, and the care and comfort you deserve. For more information, give us a call today.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
November 25, 2020
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