Nutritional tips to manage cholesterol levels

Nutritional tips to manage cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is a waxy substance carried by the blood that is needed for brain and cellular function, as well as hormone production. Although a healthy cholesterol level is just one part of overall heart health, for some individuals, it’s a major concern. While prescription drugs may be needed by some people, nutritional strategies can go a long way toward maintaining an advantageous cholesterol level that supports the body’s needs. Find out more in Life Extension’s Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Disease and Cholesterol Management protocols.

Science and Research About Healthy Cholesterol Management

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

Frequently Asked Cholesterol Management Questions

What are recommended cholesterol levels?

Total cholesterol levels should ideally not exceed 200 mg/dL. Total cholesterol includes HDL (which is protective), LDL and VLDL. LDL levels should be less than 130 mg/dL, although much lower levels are optimal (less than 70 mg/dL). HDL levels should preferably be above 60 mg/dL for optimal health benefit. Total cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dL are considered a high risk for heart disease.

What are symptoms of high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is asymptomatic. If blood levels are not monitored regularly, it can be easy to miss this risk factor for heart disease. Strong factors that contribute to high cholesterol include a family history and poor lifestyle choices (bad diet, being sedentary, smoking, etc.). Cholesterol levels should be checked every 4–6 years from the age of 20. Those who are over 40, have cardiovascular disease, or are at elevated risk, may need their cholesterol and other risk factors assessed more often.

How do I reduce high cholesterol?

The first line of attack for lowering cholesterol levels is making lifestyle changes. Eat a heart-healthy diet and especially reduce saturated and trans-fat intake to help improve cholesterol. Being active is essential as well—aim for at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity exercise. Those who smoke should consider quitting. If these lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your doctor may recommend a medication.

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