The debate over the right level of Cholesterol can get confusing. We sort it out, separating the good cholesterol from the bad and explaining those occasionally confusing numbers. Plus: what you can do to avoid, detect and manage high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease.
Overview | What it is | Causes | Symptoms | Risk Factors | Treatment | Diagnosis | Screening | Prevention | Living With | Questions for your doctor | Resources
What is High Cholesterol
You have this condition if there are high levels of cholesterol in the blood. There are three parts of cholesterol: Low density lipoproteins (LDL)-known as bad cholesterol. It causes build up of cholesterol and other fats in the blood vessels. High LDL levels can cause artery and heart disease....
High Cholesterol Signs and Symptoms The vast majority of us are aware that having high cholesterol is a bad thing, but not everyone may know that in general, no high cholesterol signs exist. Cholesterol is not something we can feel or sense, nor can it be detected simply by looking at a persons weight or heredity. Surprisingly, the only way to determine whether or not cholesterol ...Read more
High Cholesterol Causes
Causes of high cholesterol include: GeneticsHigh-fat dietOverweightSedentary lifestyleAlcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Liver or Chronic Renal FailureAnorexiaHypothyroidism ...
High Blood Cholesterol: How Your Behavior Plays a Role Most of us have heard the messages about how eating certain foods can raise blood cholesterol levels while other foods may help lower the levels. And then of course we have heard that hereditary factors play a role. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that there are, in fact, certain behaviors that increase risk factors for high...Read more
High Cholesterol Risks
Heart Attack Risk Cut By More Than Half An inexpensive combination of a cholesterol-lowering drug and one to reduce blood pressure can reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 60 percent, but prompting patients to begin the regimen and then to stay on it is an extremely difficult task, researchers say. Giving the drugs to nearly 70,000 people with cardiovascular di...Read more
High Cholesterol Prevention
To help reduce your chance of getting high cholesterol, follow the lifestyle changes above. Work with your doctor to monitor and control your cholesterol levels. ...
Cholesterol Blood Tests: Detecting Heart Disease Risk Factors Most of us have some familiarity with cholesterol, but understanding what, exactly, your cholesterol levels mean for you is another story. A comprehensive understanding of what cholesterol is and how it is tested could be the key to lowering your risk for heart-related illnesses.Why should I be tested?Cholesterol is a fat-like substance and there a...Read more
High Cholesterol Treatment
Treatment may include: Lifestyle Changes Eat a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Eat high-fiber food. A vegetarian or vegan diet may be helpful in lowering your LDL cholesterol. Talk to your doctor about the best meal plan for you. Begin a safe exercise program with the advice of your doctor....
Four Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol Having high cholesterol can be dangerous, but the good news is that there are a lot of ways to lower cholesterol on your own. Many people look to medication to control their cholesterol, but changing your eating habits combined with lifestyle modifications and exercise are all effective ways of treating your high cholesterol.Taking medication is on...Read more
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