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LDL Cholesterol

Cholesterol

Cholesterol and triglycerides are both forms of fat that your body uses for different functions. When these levels are too high, it can put you at risk for conditions such as strokes, heart disease, and many other dangerous conditions. High blood cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia, is a lipid disorder. There are numerous types of cholesterol in your body. The two common types are known as HDL and LDL cholesterol. HDL is considered to be the good form of cholesterol, while LDL is considered to be the bad form. If the levels are combined, they are referred to as total cholesterol. If you have high blood cholesterol levels, it generally is caused by living a lifestyle full of unhealthy practices. Some possible causes of high cholesterol levels may be: • obesity • alcoholism • not exercising • eating foods that are high in fat • diabetes • thyroid problems If you experience any of the above factors, you may be at risk for developing high blood cholesterol levels. Kidney disease and polycystic ovary syndrome may also lead to high levels. Women who take birth control pills, are pregnant, or experiencing changes in their hormone levels may also notice that it affects their cholesterol levels. If you are taking medications to treat depression, water pills, or beta-blockers, it may also have an impact on your blood cholesterol level. Additionally, there are disorders that are passed down within the family that can eventually cause you to have high cholesterol. Your doctor will provide you with information that you can use to make positive changes in your lifestyle. These are generally changes that anyone can make in order to become a healthier person. Some of these changes may include exercising more, losing weight, and improving your diet. If you are a smoker or drink alcohol often, your doctor may recommend that you stop these practices. If you make positive changes to your lifestyle but your cholesterol does not become any lower, your doctor may use medication to treat your levels instead. This is not an option for everyone, and can depend on factors such as your current health status, age, and any other conditions you may currently have. The only way that you can prevent yourself from having high cholesterol is to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you are overweight, this could mean losing weight and focusing on improving your diet. People who have high cholesterol due to diabetes should consider what they need to do to control their condition. If you are drinking a lot of alcohol or participating in other activities that may negatively affect your cholesterol levels, you should consider your choices. Making the decision to change your behavior is the only way that you can lower your cholesterol before it may become a serious problem.
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