According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), 55.5% of all adults over the age of 35, have raised Blood Cholesterol level. So it is not surprising that I get a lot of questions about it. So today let’s have a look at some true and false statements about Blood Cholesterol.
High Blood Cholesterol can hurt your sex life?
High cholesterol levels can slow down pelvic blood flow, making it harder to get aroused. Both men and women are at risk. Cholesterol narrows blood vessels everywhere from the heart to the pelvis. In men, erection problems can even be an early warning sign of heart disease.
Healthy habits to better your cholesterol levels and improve your libido include exercising, eating a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Which food choice is worse for your Blood Cholesterol levels?
- A cooked egg?
- A Fillet mignion?
- A Scoop of ice cream?
Just a small scoop of ice cream packs 11 grams of saturated fat, far more than in an egg or a steak. And the more saturated fat you eat, the higher your “bad” cholesterol can rise.
It is important to know, that the cholesterol you eat with foods, is not the same as the cholesterol your body produces in the liver. You still need to limit the cholesterol you eat. Eat no more than 300 milligrams a day, or 200 if you have high cholesterol levels. That means one egg a day, at 170 mg of cholesterol, is just fine
If your thin, you don’t need to worry about high Blood Cholesterol levels!
Even if you’re thin and otherwise healthy, your genes, the amount you exercise and what you eat, can get you into trouble. Have your cholesterol levels checked regularly, starting in your 30s.
Why is LDL called bad Blood Cholesterol?
- It raises Blood pressure?
- Clogs blood vessels?
- Lead to weight gain?
If there’s too much LDL in your blood, it can stick on the walls of your arteries and form plaque. This buildup narrows and stiffens the arteries, putting you at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
Keep your bad cholesterol (LDL) below 100 mg/dL. Some checkups just display a total cholesterol number (not more than 200), means the combined number of HDL and LDL, make sure you know the individual numbers.
Why is HDL good?
- It sweeps up bad cholesterol?
- Tames your appetite?
- Helps you lose weight?
HDL does a clean -up job in your blood vessels. It carries excess cholesterol to the liver to be removed so it won’t clog your arteries. Aim for 60 mg/dL or higher, which will protect you against heart disease.
Low levels, less than 40 mg/dL for men, and less than 50 mg/dL for women, are a leading risk factor for heart disease. Low HDL numbers can easily corrected with more aerobic exercise
Why do men develop Blood Cholesterol earlier than women?
- Eat more fatty meat?
- Are more dominant as personality?
The hormone that causes a cholesterol “age gap” between men and women is estrogen. This female hormone lowers “bad” cholesterol and raises “good” cholesterol. It’s not enough to make up for bad eating habits, though, and after menopause women lose their advantage.
Which lifestyle changes are best for reducing Blood Cholesterol levels?
- Meditate and quit smoking?
- Stop eating sugar?
- Reduce weight and eating fatty meats and processed foods?
Reduce weight and eating fatty meats and processed foods. Lifestyle changes can get your cholesterol levels moving in a better direction and the most powerful combo is to eat less saturated fat, avoid trans fat, and get to a healthy weight.
Quitting smoking can bump up your “good” cholesterol and lighten the load on your heart in many other ways, too.
Which food label ingredient matters most when you got high Blood Cholesterol?
- Zero Trans fats?
- Low fat?
- No cholesterol?
Trans fat sends both your good and bad cholesterol levels in the wrong direction. It’s used in baked goods, snack foods, shortening, margarine, and fried foods. Check the ingredients for “partially hydrogenated oil,” which is another name for trans fats.
Little or none is best when it comes to trans fats. For example, a woman eating 2,000 calories a day, who doesn’t exercise much, should aim for less than 2 grams of trans fats a day.
What are Triglycerides and why do they matter in combination with Blood Cholesterol?
- A cholesterol medicine?
- A fat particle?
- Chemicals in charred meats?
Triglycerides are the most common form of fat in food and in your body. You use them for energy. When you eat more calories than you need, your body stores extra triglycerides in fat cells for a rainy day.
When you have a cholesterol test, called a lipid test, the lab will usually measure your triglycerides, too. A high level is linked to heart disease. Below 150 mg/dL is best.
Which form of workout is best to reduce Blood Cholesterol?
- Hatha Yoga 30 min a day?
- A daily walk?
- Circuit training?
Circuit training helps in two ways. It’s heart-pumping “cardio” exercise, and it works your muscles, called strength training. Each type of exercise improves cholesterol levels.
Cardio must be moderately intense to do the job, a brisk walk or slow jog. You should break a sweat and raise your heart rate. Yoga may be too slow unless you choose a vigorous workout, like power or “flow” yoga
High Blood Cholesterol can lead to:
- Fatty skin growth?
- None of the above?
Fatty skin growths, called Xanthomas, are the only outward sign of high cholesterol, and they’re pretty rare. What you can’t see is actually far more important: the slow clogging of your arteries that leads to a heart attack or stroke. If you do develop a Xanthoma due to high cholesterol, bringing down your cholesterol can help shrink it.
Can maintaining a healthy Blood Cholesterol level keep your mind sharp?
A healthy cholesterol level is good for your brain as well as your heart. High cholesterol can lead to strokes, as well as mini-strokes you might not even notice. Over time these mini-strokes can cause memory and thinking problems that affect daily life.
If you have any further question to Blood Cholesterol levels, High Cholesterol prevention, management and reduction, contact our coach for a personal or online consulting. Coach@lifestylefoodclinic.com