High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is a condition characterized by elevated levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or ‘bad’ cholesterol, and triglycerides, or low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or ‘good’ cholesterol. This condition can lead to the build-up of plaques in the arteries, increasing the risk of atherosclerosis, heart disease, and stroke. Risk factors include poor diet, obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, age, and family history.

Managing high cholesterol often involves lifestyle modifications such as adopting a heart-healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding tobacco. Medications like statins may also be prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. Regular screening and monitoring of cholesterol levels are essential for managing this condition.

Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats, along with limiting intake of saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol, is key to managing cholesterol levels. Regular physical activity, avoiding tobacco, and limiting alcohol intake are also important for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, particularly those from fish oil, can help lower triglyceride levels. Niacin (Vitamin B3) can be used to lower LDL and triglycerides and raise HDL. Fiber supplements can help lower cholesterol levels, and Red Yeast Rice contains compounds that can reduce LDL levels. Plant Sterols can also help lower LDL cholesterol. However, consulting with a healthcare provider is essential before starting any supplement for high cholesterol.

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