We’ve all heard about the dangers of having high cholesterol. Many of us enjoy those classic American foods like steak, eggs, bacon and hamburgers but forget about what those cholesterol-laden foods can do to our bodies. If you don’t actively work to lower and manage your cholesterol levels, you’re leaving yourself susceptible to the many forms of heart disease. If you are experiencing high cholesterol, it is important to visit a doctor immediately. Schedule your appointment today!
There is ‘good cholesterol’ and ‘bad cholesterol’ – HDL and LDL. HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. HDL is the ‘good’ cholesterol that our bodies need because it helps to remove the ‘bad’ cholesterol, LDL or low-density lipoprotein, from our arteries. LDL is the waxy, artery clogging plaque that can cause decreased blood flow and lead to heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Remember – if you are diagnosed with ‘high cholesterol’ this means that you have high levels of LDL specifically. It’s a good thing if your cholesterol levels are elevated with HDL. This means that your blood is being pumped through your body effectively!
Heart attacks and strokes are the two most common health conditions caused by high levels of LDL. In the United States alone, over 73 million people suffer from conditions brought on by high levels of LDL. When visiting your doctor to address your high cholesterol, they will likely prescribe a medication designed to lower the amount of these lipoproteins in addition to advocating for a healthier lifestyle.
While there are prescriptions available that can help lower your cholesterol, the healthiest way to reduce your LDL levels is through diet and exercise. By adding aerobic exercise to your daily routine and heart-healthy foods like salmon, avocado, beans and dark leafy greens to your diet, you will soon be well on your way to whole-heart-happiness.
Visit Perlman Clinic today if you are experiencing high cholesterol. Our clinics are located in Hillcrest, Kensington, Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Carlsbad and Chula Vista. We are currently in process of opening a new location in Del Mar.