How Can I Lower My Cholesterol at Home?
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What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a lipid, or fatty substance, made in the liver and supplied through the diet. Like other substances we commonly consume, it’s not inherently bad. And its overall effects depend on many factors, including personal health, medical history, genetics, and, of course, how much we eat.
The undeservedly vilified cholesterol also performs many necessary functions throughout the body. It helps create cell membranes, is a precursor to vitamin D, is needed to make certain hormones, and even aids in digestion by supplying the materials to make bile salts.
How does cholesterol affect you?
Cholesterol is transported through your bloodstream inside lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are spherical proteins that wrap around fats (which hate and avoid water), so they can be carried through the (very watery) bloodstream. There are two types of cholesterol-carrying proteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) are the ones termed “bad” cholesterol, while high-density lipoproteins (HDL) are dubbed “good” cholesterol.
“Bad” cholesterol is linked with significant health problems. And if you have too much, it accumulates on the walls of blood vessels, hindering blood flow. The result is an increased risk of cardiac events and strokes.
The “good” HDL reduces these risks because it absorbs cholesterol and transports it to the liver, which tosses it from your body. To find out more, or for a personalized cholesterol-busting plan devised by experienced and knowledgeable Dr. Singh, contact us at HEALOR Primary Care as soon as possible.
How to lower your cholesterol in the comfort of your home
Here’s the good news: it’s up to you. The primary treatment for high cholesterol is to make lifestyle changes by focusing on proper dietary choices and being physically active. It’s also important to address lifestyle factors, like stress and smoking, which negatively skew good and bad cholesterol levels.
“Eating right” includes staying within the boundaries of your daily caloric intake limit to avoid unhealthy weight gain. It’s also recommended that you limit the consumption of trans and saturated fats. By replacing these with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, you can lower your level of LDL cholesterol.
For those who are overweight, shedding the pounds will reduce health risks and correct related problems, including metabolic syndrome, which encompasses low HDL levels, high triglyceride counts, and the large waist circumference (40+ inches for men, 35+ inches for women) associated with being overweight.
It’s also important to include lots of lean meats, grains, and plants in the diet. In addition to the protein, fiber, and other nutrients offered by a sensible diet, plants are full of phytosterols that could help you decrease your cholesterol levels. In plants, phytosterols act as structural components in the cell membranes. And they’re so similar to cholesterol that they compete with actual cholesterol in your body, blocking it from being absorbed. A phytosterol supplement could help you get the recommended daily amount.
And, of course, dietary changes are always more effective when complemented with physical activity. It’s recommended that you aim for at least 30 minutes of some type of daily exercise or activity in Las Vegas, NV.
Medicines such as statins may be necessary if lifestyle changes are not adequate in lowering cholesterol levels. A professional consultation with Dr. Singh can help you choose the right one based on your medical history, current health, and other factors. Many people also turn to supplements, but it’s essential to seek a professional opinion, as there’s no clear consensus on their efficacy and safety, especially if combined with prescribed medications.
Get in touch with us for a personalized plan to slash your cholesterol in Las Vegas, NV
As always, double board-certified physician Dr. Raj Singh and our experienced team would love to help you live a healthier, happier life. So, contact us today at HEALOR Primary Care, or visit our practice in Las Vegas, NV, to explore your options.