Low Density Lipoprotein

Reducing Low Density Lipoprotein

Living a healthy lifestyle is one way to ensure that you reduce your risk of heart related problems. There are genetic issues related to a person’s heart health, but many cases of heart disease is preventable. High levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) are related to high risk of heart disease. When someone has high cholesterol, the fatty deposits in their blood vessels narrows or sometimes even blocks arteries. This leads to major heart related issues.

LDL vs HDL

A simple way to think about blood cholesterol is that when LDL is high, there is a greater chance of heart disease. When HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) is higher the lesser the chance. Many people do not find out that they have high cholesterol until they are already having heart related problems like a heart attack. There are ways to reduce LDL and raise the HDL levels. Having regular cholesterol screenings are a good way to stay aware of your cholesterol numbers and try to reduce the risk of heart attacks.

Diet

There are changes that need to be made in your diet if it is high in saturated fat. The switch to foods with essential fat such as monounsaturated will have an impact on both weight and cholesterol levels. Foods that contain this type of fat include olive oil, avocado, walnuts, and fish like salmon. Diets that are mainly vegetarian are also known to be heart healthy. Whole grains are in, whole milk is out. Margarine, butter, red meat, and processed cakes and cookies will need to be replaced with low fat choices. There is evidence that modest alcohol consumption (1 serving a day) can actually be beneficial as well.

Exercise

Aerobic exercise is another way to get cholesterol under control. Staying active and getting your heart pumping is much more beneficial than a sedentary lifestyle. The recommendation is 30-60 minutes of daily exercise. Options such as swimming, walking and biking are great ways to get exercise in.

Quit Smoking

Kicking the smoking habit reduces cholesterol and raises HDL levels.

Many people consider medication a last resort when it comes to controlling high cholesterol because of some of the side effects that come with it. Living a healthier lifestyle comes with good side effects and does the same job. However you choose to become heart healthy, start today to reduce the risk of heart disease.