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.
This month we've been focusing on cholesterol, for National Cholesterol Education Month . So, it's a great time to think about how things have been going with your health lately, and make any changes that seem necessary.
If you have high cholesterol it's up to you to work out how you can effectively lower it.
While medications are available, there are always going to be side effects and risks from taking these, and so learning how you can reduce your cholesterol levels naturally is an excellent way to boost your health.
Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to lower your cholesterol levels without the use of medications.
You should have your cholesterol levels checked at least once a year, to find out how well your natural interventions are working. For the first year, start with an initial cholesterol reading, implement some natural cholesterol lowering methods, and then six months later, check your cholesterol levels again.  ...
Alternative Names Triacylglycerol test Normal Values Normal : Less than 150 mg/dL Borderline High : 150 - 199 mg/dL High : 200 - 499 mg/dL Very High : 500 mg/dL or above What abnormal results mean High triglyceride levels may be due to: Cirrhosis Diet low in protein and high in carbohydrates Familial hyperlipoproteinemia (rare) Hypothyroidism Nephrotic syndrome Pancreatitis Poorly controlled diabetes Low triglyceride levels may be due to: Low fat diet Hyperthyroidism Malabsorption syndrome Malnutrition Additional conditions under which the test may be performed: Chylomicronemia syndrome Hyperlipidemia; acquired Familial combined hyperlipidemia Familial dysbetalipoproteinemia Familial hypertriglyceridemia Familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency Noninsulin-dependent diabetes (NIDD) Stroke secondary to atherosclerosis
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