Cholesterol Damages...The Race To Your Arteries
Fri 09 December 2016
HDL vs LDL…All Cholesterol Is Not Created Equal!
They join forces to travel along your bloodstream in little “globular packages” together with lipoproteins (which is a combo of fat and a protein molecule). NHS Heroes online pharmacy in the UK The protein helps to transport the cholesterol (fat) to where it is needed in the body (and you thought protein was just another catch-word!)
High-density lipoproteins (HDL)are small, dense molecules responsible for transporting cholesterol to the liver (which is your body’s built-in garbage disposal), before it can attach itself to your arteries, causing blockages, that can lead to surgery. You WANT it…
People who exercise, don’t smoke, and keep up a healthy weight tend to have higher levels of this “good” cholesterol (sort of like Karma…do good, get good). LowHDL levels can be a risk factor for coronary heart disease, while high levels help reduce your risk.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) carries most of the cholesterol through your bloodstream and delivers it to the cells of the body.
LDL molecules are larger, not as dense, and less stable than HDL. They like to deposit plaques on the walls of your arteries, which will likely clog them, and lead to cardiovascular disease.
A change in your diet, adding exercise to your daily routine and losing weight can help a LOT to improve your cholesterol. Your doctor may prescribe medication, especially if you’re at high risk for heart disease.
(What’s your heart disease risk? Find out at www.realage.com)
If your physician puts you on medication to manage your cholesterol, Make SURE you ask these questions:
- What type of drug is it? Different types of cholesterol medication work in different ways. Depending on your cholesterol levels and other risk factors, your doctor may prescribe an individual medication or a combination of drugs.
- What are the possible side effects? (patients always forget to ask that!) Some reported side effects include flushed skin, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, upset stomach, muscle pain, nausea, or constipation.
- Could this drug interact with other medications or vitamin supplements I’m taking? For example, some heart medicines shouldn’t be taken with certain cholesterol meds. And, cholesterol drugs do not get along well with some herbal supplements either.
- Should I avoid any foods? Some cholesterol medications can interfere with your body’s ability absorb calcium, so your doctor may prescribe a calcium supplement.
- When do I come back for follow-up tests? MAKE SURE you ask your doctor when to have your cholesterol rechecked to see how well the medication is working.
- You should also have blood tests to check your liver function periodically…so if your doctor does not order them, ASK for them.