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What is high Cholesterol?

Different kinds of Cholesterol

What causes high cholesterol?

What are the symptoms?

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

How is high cholesterol treated?

Risk Factors for Heart Attack

13 - Foods That Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Secrets to Lower Cholesterol  more important to read 

 

  What is high Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat. Your body needs it for many things, such as making new cells. But too much cholesterol in your blood increases your chances of having a heart attack and stroke. You get cholesterol from the foods you eat and from your liver. Your liver makes most of the cholesterol your body needs.

Desirable cholesterol is less than 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).

Borderline-high cholesterol is 200 to 239.

High cholesterol is 240 or higher.

  Different kinds of Cholesterol 

Cholesterol travels through your blood attached to a protein. This cholesterol- protein package is called a lipoprotein. Lipoproteins are either high-density or low-density, based on how much protein and fat they have.

Low-density Lipoproteins (LDL) are mostly fat with only a small amount of protein. LDL is the bad kind of cholesterol because it can clog your arteries. If you have high cholesterol, your doctor will want you to lower your LDL.

Best LDL is less than 100 mg/dL.
Near best LDL is 100 to 129.
Borderline-high LDL is 130 to 159.
High LDL is 160 to 189.
Very high LDL is 190 and above.

High-density Lipoproteins (HDL) help clear the bad cholesterol from your blood and keep it from clogging your arteries. HDL is the good kind of cholesterol. High levels of HDL (60 or above) can protect you from a heart attack.

Desirable or high HDL is 60 mg/dL or above.
Undesirable or low HDL is less than 40.

Triglycerides are another type of fat in your blood. If you have high triglycerides and high LDL, your chances of having a heart attack are higher.

Borderline high is 150 to 199 mg/dL.
High is 200 or above.
Very high is 500 or higher.

  What causes high cholesterol? 

High cholesterol may run in your family. The foods you eat also may cause high cholesterol. The most common causes include:

Your diet: Eating too much saturated fat and cholesterol can cause high readings. Saturated fat and cholesterol come from animal foods such as beef, pork, veal, milk, eggs, butter, and cheese. Many packaged foods contain saturated fat such as coconut oil, palm oil, or cocoa butter. You will also find saturated fat in stick margarine and vegetable shortening. Cookies, crackers, chips, and other snacks usually contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or trans fat, which can raise cholesterol.

Your weight: Being overweight may raise triglycerides and lower HDL.

Your activity level: Not exercising may raise LDL and lower HDL.

Your overall health: Having diseases such as low thyroid can raise cholesterol. Cigarette smoking may lower HDL.

Your age: After you reach age 20, your cholesterol starts to rise. In men, cholesterol levels usually level off after age 50. In women, cholesterol levels stay fairly low until menopause. After that, they rise to about the same level as in men.

Your family: A disease called a lipid disorder can also cause high cholesterol. This rare problem is inherited from family members, and it changes how your body handles cholesterol. If you have a lipid disorder, your cholesterol may be well over 250 mg/dL. It may be harder to treat.

  What are the symptoms

High cholesterol doesn't make you feel sick. But if cholesterol builds up in your arteries, it can block blood flow to your heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke. In some people, cholesterol deposits called xanthomas may form under the skin. They look like small bumps.

  How is high cholesterol diagnosed? 

Your doctor will use a blood test to check your cholesterol. A lipoprotein analysis is the most complete test. It measures your total cholesterol: HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. You cannot have food for 12 hours before this test. A simple cholesterol test can measure your total cholesterol and HDL. You can eat before this test. Sometimes doctors do this test first and then order a lipoprotein analysis if you have high cholesterol or low HDL.

  How is high cholesterol treated? 

You and your doctor may decide first to treat your high cholesterol without medicine. Changes to your lifestyle and diet may be all you need. These changes include eating foods low in saturated fat, being more active, losing weight if you need to, and quitting smoking if needed. If you cannot lower your cholesterol enough after trying lifestyle changes for a few months, you may need to take a medicine called a statin.

If you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or coronary artery disease (CAD), your doctor may want you to take a statin right away. This is because your chance of having a heart attack is higher.

  Risk Factors for Heart Attack 

Things that increase your risk for heart attack include:

  • Having high blood pressure.

  • Smoking.

  • Having low HDL (good) cholesterol.

  • Having peripheral arterial disease, which is narrowing of the arteries that supply blood
    to the legs, abdomen, pelvis, arms, or neck.

  • Having diabetes.

  • Having a family history of heart disease.

  • Being age 45 or older if you are a man, and age 55 or older if you are a woman

 13 - Foods That Lower Cholesterol Naturally 

01. Oatmeal and Oat Bran (Soluble fiber-rich grain)

02. Salmon, Sardines & fatty fish (Heart-Friendly Omega-3 Fat)

03. Mixed Nuts (Walnuts, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pistachio and Almonds)

04. Beans and Lentils (Heart-healthy Fiber Solution)

05. Tea (Hot and Cool Super-drink)

06. Dark Chocolate (Sweet Heart Bonus)

07. Margarine (Best Spreads for Your Breads)

08. Spinach (Heart Healthy Green Giant)

09. Avocado (Healthy Fat Super-food)

10. Garlic (Ancient Herb for Heart Health)

11. Olive and canola oil (High in monounsaturated fat; improve your overall cholesterol profile)

12. Soy (Replacement for meat and cheese)

13. Oranges (Soluble fiber)

Out with the bad

Harmful LDL creeps upward and protective HDL drifts downward largely because of diet and other lifestyle choices. Genes play a role, too some people are genetically programmed to respond more readily to what they eat but genes aren't something you can change. Here are four things you can:

Saturated fats: The saturated fats found in red meat, milk and other dairy foods, and coconut and palm oils directly boost LDL. So one way to lower your LDL is to cut back on saturated fat. Try substituting extra-lean ground beef for regular; low-fat or skim milk for whole milk; olive oil or a vegetable-oil margarine for butter; baked fish or chicken for fried.

Trans fats: Trans fats are a byproduct of the chemical reaction that turns liquid vegetable oil into solid margarine or shortening and that prevents liquid vegetable oils from turning rancid. Trans fats boost LDL as much as saturated fats do. They also lower protective HDL, rev up inflammation, and increase the tendency for blood clots to form inside blood vessels. The Institute of Medicine recommends getting no more than two grams of trans fats a day; less is even better. Although trans fats were once ubiquitous in prepared foods, many companies now use trans-free alternatives. Some restaurants and fast-food chains have yet to make the switch.

Weight and exercise: Being overweight and not exercising affect fats circulating in the bloodstream. Excess weight boosts harmful LDL, while inactivity depresses protective HDL. Losing weight if needed and exercising more reverse these trends.

  17 - Secrets to Lower Cholesterol  

  1. Use Unhomogenised Milk

  2. Vitamin-C 1000 mg daily

  3. Reduce sugar intake (Ketchep, Meonese like)

  4. Use High Fibre Diets (Take One Apple daily)

  5. Liver Cleansing

  6. Taurine (Amino Acid) 1500-3000 mg daily

  7. Rice Bran Extract IP6 2000 mg daily for 30 days every year

  8. Rice Bran Cooking Oil (Japan)

  9. Saturated Fats (Whole Chicken, Full Cream Dairy Products, Fatty Meats, Transfats (Banaspati and all foods prepared in)

  10. One Pomegranate or One ounce Pomegranate juice daily

  11. Vitamin-E (Delta Tocotriend) 100 mg daily

  12. CoQ10 (Co-enzme - Q10) 60 mg

  13. Policosand (Wax of sugarcane & honey) 10-20 mg daily (Blood thinner and weight reducer)

  14. Folic Acid (B-Vitamin) Builds new cells, naturally found in green leaves vegetables

  15. Cholrine-free water (Drink filtered water)

  16. Carnitine (L-Carnitine) converts fats into energy

  17. Pantethire (Vitamin B5) 300 mg three times a day

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  • We spend one-third of our life in sleeping.

  • Healing is always better when the body is relaxed.

  • Salmon and Tuna are rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.

  • Green tea when combined with ginger and olive leaf helps lower cholesterol and promotes weight loss.

  • Foods that produce bad breath include; Garlic, Onion, Milk, Cheese, Fish, Coffee, Alcohol.

  • One clove of garlic contains vitamins A, B and C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. This strong anti-oxidant herb also help decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the body. Raw Garlic is the best way to take it, to have the benefits.

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