Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Maintaining HDL, LDL and total cholesterol levels within the normal range is one big way we can keep the heart healthy. Health care practitioners believe that an optimal balance between good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol is key to maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. A healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle are important to heart health. And specific nutrients can help to maintain already-healthy cholesterol levels.

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General Cholesterol Management

“Cholesterol” refers to waxy substances your body creates for several reasons. There are three commonly measured forms of cholesterol.

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How do you keep “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels within normal range?

In addition to reducing saturated fat intake and increasing the intake of soluble fiber, supplements that include gamma-tocopherol, pantethine, plant sterols, the carotenoid lycopene, red yeast rice, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri NCIMB 30242 and extracts of artichoke, amla, garlic, green tea and pomegranate help support healthy levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the so-called “bad” cholesterol.

How do you effectively manage your cholesterol levels?

Consuming a diet that has reduced amounts of saturated fat may help support already-healthy cholesterol levels, as can the intake of a number of supplements. Periodic blood testing is suggested for those who want to ensure that healthy levels are maintained.

How can you check your cholesterol and triglyceride levels?

Cholesterol and triglyceride levels are checked as a part of routine bloodwork. This can be accomplished during an annual physical or ordered by the patient through sources that will refer them to a blood-drawing lab and mail them their test results.

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