The two types of cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein, and low-density lipoprotein, are often referred to as good and bad cholesterol, respectively. HDL cholesterol is called the good cholesterol because it removes the LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) from your bloodstream and prevents it from accumulating within the arteries. When you're tested for cholesterol, your HDL and LDL are combined to create one number.
Your combined cholesterol level should be under 200. Cholesterol readings of 200-239 are considered to be borderline high. If your combined cholesterol level is 240 or higher, you've got high cholesterol.
High cholesterol can have some serious results. When cholesterol is high, the arteries grow more rigid and narrow. This, in turn, can reduce or even totally block blood flow. Eventually, high cholesterol can impede blood flow to your heart and brain to such as degree that you suffer a heart attack or a stroke.
High cholesterol is often (at least partially) the result of controllable factors. These include:
Some uncontrollable factors that can contribute to high cholesterol include:
High cholesterol treatment typically starts with making some lifestyle changes. You can often lower your cholesterol naturally by doing the following things.
If you're unable to sufficiently lower your cholesterol level through lifestyle changes, Dr. Ekwonu may prescribe medication as well. Cholesterol reducing medications can include statins, bile acid-binding resins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, and injectable medications that allow the liver to absorb higher amounts of good cholesterol.
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