Cholesterol is created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. Some cholesterol comes from the foods we eat. Too much cholesterol can clog arteries and increase the risk of heart disease.
A cholesterol screening measures the level of HDL and LDL. HDL is the good cholesterol and helps the LDL also known as the bad cholesterol from becoming lodged to the artery walls. Adults should have less then 200 mg/dL of cholesterol. According to the Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately one in every six adults has high cholesterol.
You can make a few changes in your life to improve cholesterol. Five ways to improve your cholesterol include:
- Eat a heart healthy diet by avoiding saturated fat and trans fat. Eat a fiber rich diet and incorporate good fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats into your diet.
- Loose Weight
- Avoid tobacco smoke
- Understand drug therapy options
These are just some ways to help keep cholesterol at a healthy level. Always be proactive with your health. Incorporate yearly physicals in order to monitor your cholesterol and stay in good health.