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HOW TO LOWER HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS

HOW TO LOWER HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
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Like sugar content and blood pressure, cholesterol levels also need to be maintained at optimal levels.

If cholesterol levels are found to be high, it can put a person at risk for diseases such as stroke and heart disease.

Do you know what cholesterol is and how to read a person's cholesterol level?

Let's take a closer look through this article.


WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?

Cholesterol is produced naturally by the liver and works to carry fat to all parts of the body that need it as energy.

In addition, cholesterol also plays a role in supplying vitamin D, as well as helping in producing hormones such as cortisol and sex hormones.

Cholesterol can also be taken in through foods such as butter, egg yolks and meat.


THE DANGERS OF UNCONTROLLED HIGH CHOLESTEROL

High cholesterol is a major cause of disease burden in developed and developing countries.

Today, it causes 2.6 million deaths worldwide.4 Based on the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey, the number of Malaysians with dyslipidemia aged 18 and above is 47.7% (9.6 million).

What’s more frightening, high cholesterol usually has no symptoms but it does increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

This is because high levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of arterosclerosis, which is the deposition of plaques of fatty matter in the artery walls.

Atherosclerosis that occurs in the heart will cause a heart attack, while, atherosclerosis that occurs in the brain can cause a stroke.


HOW TO LOWER HIGH CHOLESTEROL LEVELS



1. Practice Healthy Eating

As we all know, an unhealthy diet can also result in elevated cholesterol levels.

Avoid foods high in bad cholesterol such as fast foods and fried foods and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.

Intake of fiber such as oats can also reduce cholesterol levels by up to 10 to 25 %.

Foods that contain healthy fats such as legumes, fish, and olive oil are also very good to practice to reduce cholesterol levels.



2. Stay Active with Exercise

Cholesterol levels can also be reduced with a healthy lifestyle.

Recreational activities have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of other diseases.

For those who suffer from diseases such as high blood pressure or heart failure, get a doctor's advice to find out the type of exercise that is right for you.



3. Overcome Stress Problems

Stress is something that is hard to avoid no matter at work or at home.

Stress can also be a contributing factor to high cholesterol levels in the body as it can affect hormone levels and blood pressure.

So, stress management is very important not only for mental health, but also for one’s physical health.

Among the stress management methods that can be practiced is light exercise such as walking or stretching.

Stress can also be avoided by taking a break and keeping your mind away from thinking about things that can make you anxious or confused.



4. Disciplined in Taking Medication

In addition to practicing a healthy lifestyle and diet, your doctor may prescribe cholesterol control medications depending on your level of health.

Among the drugs commonly given to manage cholesterol are statins, fibrates and niacin which act to balance the level of cholesterol in the blood.

Although cholesterol plays an important role in the body, it can also lead to disease if not properly controlled.


COME ON, PRACTICE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!

Therefore, a combination of a healthy lifestyle with nutritious eating habits, regular exercise and good stress management is important to reduce cholesterol levels.


With a healthy body and mind, you can avoid high cholesterol and the risk of other diseases such as heart disease and obesity.

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