Question: I just found out my cholesterol is high and I should watch what I eat. I'm so confused!! I don't eat fried foods. I use olive oil. I take the skin off of chicken. I eat a red meat maybe once a week. I eat alot of fish/salmon. I try to walk alot. I'm not a couch potato. I'm not overweight. (I do have a little extra around my stomach) My cholesterol was high one year ago too. I've made an appt with my doctor, but she is probably going to tell me to watch what I eat again!!!! Suggestions?? Reply: Dear reader, I’m sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with maintaining good cholesterol levels despite eating what sounds like a good heart healthy diet. But I am glad that you are taking your cholesterol level seriously and have been following it over the past year. The first thing I would suggest is to more closely examine your cholesterol profile including the LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides . Remember that total ch...
Okay, you've just found out you have high cholesterol. Now what? Well, you need to know the breakdown of your "lipid panel" in order to decide what changes will be most effective.
The lipid panel includes:
HDL (good) cholesterol
LDL (bad) cholesterol
Triglycerides (or VLDL cholesterol)
Here's the first step to take depending on which number is elevated:
If LDL cholesterol is elevated, reduce saturated and trans fat intake.
If triglycerides are elevated, cut back on sugar and alcohol in your diet.
If HDL cholesterol is low, increase your physical activity.
Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. Cholesterol levels that are too high can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems.
The medical term for high blood cholesterol is lipid disorder, or hyperlipidemia.
Lipid disorders; Hyperlipoproteinemia; Hyperlipidemia; Dyslipidemia; Hypercholesterolemia
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
There are many types of cholesterol. The ones talked about most are:
Total cholesterol - all the cholesterols combined
High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - often called "good" cholesterol
Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol - often called "bad" cholesterol
For most people, abnormal cholesterol levels are the result of an unhealthy lifestyle -- most commonly, eating a diet that is high in fat . Other lifestyle factors are:
Heavy alcohol use
Lack of exercise ...
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