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How to lower cholesterol

Many people suffer from high cholesterol. Because high cholesterol does itself does not cause symptoms, people are often unware that they have it. When you find out that you do, it is important to change you lifestyle so you prevent the high cholesterol from getting worse and causing severe conditions such as blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, or TIAs.

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What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is carried in your blood by proteins, a combination of this is called lipoprotein. There are harmful and protective lipoproteins, often referred to as bad and good cholesterol.

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL): LDL carries cholesterol from your liver to the cells . If there is too much cholesterol the LDL can build up on the artery walls, leading to problems with the arteries. Therefore, LDL cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol and should be lowered.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL): HDL carries cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it is broken down or passed out of the body through the urine. It is therefore called good cholesterol.

Lowering cholesterol

When your physician recommends you to try to lower your cholesterol, it is important to realise some of the causes and see if they apply to your situation. Causes of high cholesterol include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Lack of physical excersise
  • Drinking too much alcohol

You may also use medication such as Crestor or Zocor, these are medicines which reduces the chances of a heart attack or stroke in people at risk such as high cholesterol sufferers. Crestor’s active ingredient is rosuvastatin calcium, while Zocor has its own active ingredient: simvastatin, which is also available as a generic.

Cutting out saturated fats is usually a first step for people who find out they suffer from high cholesterol. But losing weight or quitting smoking also makes a world of difference. When you have difficulty achieving these goals, there are ways to help you available from Medix24.

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