What Is A Good Cholesterol Level?

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Hi! I’m robo-Suzie and today I’ll talk to
you about What Is A Good Cholesterol Level. Also don’t forget to subscribe for more tips
in the future! But back to our topic. Whenever you read anything about losing weight
or a healthy diet cholesterol is often mentioned. But what exactly is it and what is a good
cholesterol level to aim for?Let’s start with cholesterol and why it’s so important then
we can appreciate why so much emphasis it put on our cholesterol level. Cholesterol is a steroid and can be ingested
in food or made in the liver. Here is a list of the functions of cholesterol. 1. It plays a major role in the production
of other steroidal hormones. 2. It is an important part of your body cell
membranes. 3. When it breaks down it forms bile salts
that help in the digestion of fats. 4. Vitamin D is formed from a number of chemical
reactions, one of which involves cholesterol and sunlight on your skin. As you can see cholesterol is essential to
life. So why is it generally viewed as a bad thing? If you don’t eat cholesterol or saturated
fat your liver takes over and makes enough for your bodies requirements. It is transported
round your body in proteins in blood. Your liver converts saturated fat into cholesterol.
If you regularly eat too much saturated fat or cholesterol it begins to deposit on the
sides of the blood vessels forming thickened areas known as atheromas. Thickening of the arteries is known as atherosclerosis.
It can lead to damage of your blood vessels causing them to narrow. Eventually the blood
vessel may become blocked cutting off the supply of blood to the tissue immediately
after the blockage. If this happens in the heart it causes angina and eventually myocardial
infarction. Atheromas may also cause the blood to form
clots in the damaged area. If the clots break off, forming a thrombus, and then begins to
travel around the circulation it may eventually cause another blockage leading to a stroke
or myocardial infarction. It is vital to your health to make sure your
cholesterol levels remains low, but what is a normal acceptable cholesterol level? Here
is the normal cholesterol level according to The National Institute for Health and Clinical
Excellence (NICE) in the U.K. Total cholesterol should be less than 5.0
millimoles of cholesterol per Litre of blood. So what does it mean by ‘total cholesterol’?
When cholesterol combines with proteins for transportation round the blood circulation
it forms either low density lipoproteins (LDL) or high density lipoproteins (HDL). HDLs are
considered to be good fat whereas LDLs form atheromas and are considered to be bad fat. Total cholesterol is the measurement of HDL
and LDL combined. Since it is more useful to know how much bad fat is circulating in
your blood LDLs are often measured separately. NICE considers a safe level of LDL to be LDL cholesterol should be less than 3.0 millimoles
of LDL per Litre of blood. If you are at risk from cardiovascular disease
or have a family history of cardiovascular disease your doctor may prefer to your cholesterol
level to be even lower than those recommended by NICE. The recommended levels may also differ
slightly from country to country. You can influence your cholesterol level by
reducing the amount of saturated fat you eat. Dairy products containing plant stanols are
widely available in your supermarket. Research has shown that plant stanols have cholesterol
lowering properties. Your doctor may decide to prescribe cholesterol
lowering medication which is referred to as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors or statins. Your
doctor may need to adjust the dose until the desired cholesterol level is reached. These
drugs are very effective and you shouldn’t stop taking them unless your doctor advises
you to. That’s it! Thank you.
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