Cholesterol

Most of what we hear about cholesterol is bad, but everyone has cholesterol and your body needs it to build cells. However, too much bad cholesterol (LDL and triglycerides) can cause a build up in your arteries which makes it hard for blood to pump through your body.  This is why high cholesterol is one of the biggest contributors to heart disease.  There are three kinds of Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol that actually helps remove the bad cholesterol from your arteries ), LDL Cholesterol (bad) and triglycerides (bad).

Improving Cholesterol

Improving Cholesterol has a few key componants:

  1. Follow a Heart Healthy Diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts, while curbing sugary foods and beverages.

  2. Exercise. Just 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week is enough to lower both cholesterol and high blood pressure.

  3. Lose Weight. A weight loss of as little as 10 percent can help to improve your high cholesterol numbers.

  4. Quit Smoking. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease and lowers your HDL levels.

  5. Check with your Doctor, Wellness Coach or Call the Clinic 231-233-4900 if you are having trouble lowering your cholesterol. High Cholesterol puts you at risk for stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure and many heart issues. You may need medicine to help lower yours.   Also, some people's heredity causes them to have high cholesterol despite a healthy lifestyle.