Cholesterol levels

What is cholesterol levels?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. There are two types:

LDL cholesterol - the "bad" cholesterol that can build up in your arteries. This is called "bad" because it can lead to plaque buildup and increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. The optimal level for LDL is under 100 mg/dL.

HDL cholesterol - the "good" cholesterol that helps remove LDL cholesterol from your arteries. Higher levels of HDL can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke. The optimal level for HDL is 60 mg/dL or higher.

So in summary - high LDL cholesterol is bad, and high HDL cholesterol is good!

What affects cholesterol levels?

Many factors can influence your cholesterol levels including:

How to improve cholesterol levels

Here are some tips to maintain healthy cholesterol levels:

Checking your cholesterol levels regularly through blood tests will help you track your levels over time. If your doctor has recommended cholesterol medication, take it as prescribed to help control high cholesterol.

The knowledgeable doctors at Balance Hormone Clinic specialize in hormones, cholesterol management and holistic health. I highly recommend contacting them for a consultation if you have concerns about your cholesterol levels. Their individualized treatment plans help patients achieve optimal wellness.

Let me know if you have any other questions! Getting your cholesterol under control now is important for protecting your health in the years ahead.

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