How to Lower Blood Cholesterol
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[b]High Blood Cholesterol[/b] is a risk factor for coronary
artery disease, the number one killer in the U.S.A.. Even if your blood cholesterol
is close to the desirable range, you can lower it and decrease your risk of
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- Have your total and HDL cholesterol levels measured.
- Assess your positive and negative risk factors for heart disease. These
include: smoking, high BP, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, physical inactivity,
age over 45, family history of heart disease.
- If your total cholesterol is over 240 mg/dl, or if it is over 200 mg/dl
but you have two or more risk factors, have your LDL cholesterol level measured.
- If LDL levels are high, have tests done to rule out causes like liver and
thyroid disease and gout. Specific treatment is needed for these diseases.
- If no cause is found, start on a AHA Step 2 diet - less than 30% fat, less
than 7% saturated fat, less than 200 mg/day of cholesterol - and weight control.
- Drug treatment might be necessary if the levels do not come under control
even with this approach.
- In rare instances, cholesterol levels will remain elevated. Then a combination
of different drugs - niacin, statins, resins - may be required.
- Along with these measures, follow other risk factor modifying steps. If
you are overweight, try and bring your weight under control.
- Stop cigarette smoking NOW.
- Improve your level of physical activity.
- If you have high blood pressure, bring it under control.
- Treat and bring under control your blood sugar levels, if you are a diabetic.
- The more risk factors you have, the greater is the need to control blood
- Controlling other risk factors is just as important as lowering blood cholesterol..
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