Is your cholesterol “pinched”? Do not waste time to see how the rolling low!
In all cardiology conferences, scientists do not cease to observe otiose lower the “bad» LDL cholesterol, the better the health of our heart. And this explains why the president of the Greek Society of Atherosclerosis, Professor Alexander Tselepis: “When the levels of LDL cholesterol increase in the blood, the heart is in danger. Specifically, excess cholesterol penetrates the walls of the arteries by creating the atherosclerotic plaques, which gradually hinder smooth blood flow, increasing the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. The main aim is, therefore, the prevention and treatment is too low the LDL cholesterol. ”
How to identify the problem To learn what “running” with your cholesterol should once a year, at whatever age you are, to have a test called a “lipid profile” and usually includes: the so-called “bad” LDL cholesterol, the “good “HDL cholesterol (which acts protective removing the” bad “in the vessel wall) and triglycerides (hazardous lipids circulating in the blood). The value of total cholesterol should be between 200 to at most 220 mg. If more than 240 mg, may need medical treatment, always in cooperation with the doctor. Also, desirable cholesterol levels are determined by the doctor and take into account the risk factors you have for heart disease.
Mode of action! If your cholesterol is “pinched”, the first step to the “take” is to start eating healthier: more vegetables, fruits, greens, legumes, refined cereals, whole grain products and fish. Less meat, animal fat and ready meals. Preference to low-fat dairy. Lord added fat in olive oil. If you have the desired weight, keep. If you are overweight, try to lose weight and maintain the loss.
If you drink enough alcohol, limit it to 1-2 cups. And if you smoke, stop. Be sure also to exercise at least 30 minutes daily, eg marching vigorously.
What still needs to know According to the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology and the Greek Society of Atherosclerosis:
* The desired value for total cholesterol is below 200 mg / dl, the threshold value between 200-240 and the high price of more than 240.
* The “good” cholesterol (HDL) to have protective action should be above 40 mg / dl for men and above 50 mg / dl for women.
* As for the “bad” cholesterol (LDL), the desired value of healthy adults should not exceed 115 mg / dL.