LDL (bad) cholesterol=the main source of cholesterol buildup and blockage in the arteries
Did you know the higher your LDL the greater risk you have of developing heart disease. You are at risk if you......
- Smoke cigarettes
- Have high blood pressure
- Have low HDL cholesterol
- Have a family history of heart disease
- Are an older adult Men= 45 years or older and Women= 55 years or older
If you are at risk there are a few treatment options. The first is called a therapeutic lifestyle change. This includes eating foods that will lower your cholesterol, exercising and weight management. This diet consists of a low-saturated, low-cholesterol eating plan. Physical activity is needed everyday for 30 minutes. There is also the option of drug treatment which includes statins, bile acid sequestrates, nicotinic acid, fabric kids and cholesterol absorption inhibitors. Your doctor would choose the one that is right for you.
Find out what your cholesterol levels are and check them regularly. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and make a plan that is right for you.