With February being the month of love, hearts and flowers, what better time is there to look after your own heart by considering your cholesterol levels...
Raised cholesterol levels are one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. However, many individuals are unsure as to how to manage their cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol – friend or foe?
Cholesterol is a waxy substance, which is naturally produced in the body by the liver and transported by the blood. It has an important physiological role in supporting the body’s organs. However, an excess of cholesterol in the blood can accumulate in blood vessels and increase risk of heart disease and strokes.
Deciphering the riddle
There are various cholesterol-related terms:
Treatment Action Plan
Cholesterol-lowering medication is often used to treat high cholesterol, which acts by reducing the amount of cholesterol the body produces. There are various ways other than medication to increase HDL, reduce LDL, reduce total cholesterol, and thus improve one’s cholesterol profile:
Lila Bruk is a registered dietician, nutritional consultant and freelance health journalist.
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