High Blood Cholesterol Is No Laughing Matter
The perils of high cholesterol in the blood are a health concern that you've probably heard being talked about on numerous occasions but might not fully understand. In some ways, it's a lot like your appendix - you know it's there and if nothing happens to it you'll feel completely fine, but if any problems arise related to it, things can be quite serious indeed.
If you're at all concerned about your blood cholesterol levels and aren't sure how they relate to your health, here's a quick refreshment for your memory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the human body requires HDL cholesterol, and a healthy amount of this substance is perfectly normal and healthy.
When you regularly consume foods that contain higher than recommended levels of saturated or trans fats, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol (the more common form of this substance), cholesterol builds up in the arteries. A lack of regular exercise or physical activity can expedite this process.
If left untreated, it can form plaque that partially occludes the flow of blood to the rest of the body. In extreme circumstances, it can block an artery entirely and lead to a potentially fatal heart attack. The scariest aspect of these hazards is that no specific symptoms exist to indicate if your cholesterol is high or not.
iIt is widely recommended that adults see their doctor once every five years to have their cholesterol checked. Additionally, Third Age reports that other tests are being used by some doctors in conjunction with the blood measurements, examining particles that carry LDL cholestorol through the blood.
In addition to keeping yourself aware of your levels, your best bet is to eliminate as many foods from your diet that high in cholesterol and commit to a regular regimen of exercise.
If you've ever had your cholesterol checked, when was the last time?