What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a naturally occurring wax-like, fatty substance that is required by the body in order for it to be healthy and function properly. Cholesterol plays a vital role for many different parts of the body. For example it is essential in hormone production as well as other chemicals in the body.
However, if your body has too much cholesterol it can become dangerous for your health. High cholesterol will start to cause deposits of this wax-like substance along the walls of your arteries. Whenever the walls of your arteries get this build up, it causes the pathways your blood uses to narrow. This is dangerous because narrowed pathways result in circulation issues as well as high blood pressure. This happens because your heart is having to pump harder in order to supply your body with blood. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and other potentially life threatening conditions.
Prevention and Treatment The good news is, if you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol it is not a permanent condition! You can reduce your cholesterol by implementing simple lifestyle changes. Below is a list of the steps you should take in order to prevent or lower your high cholesterol:
– Heart Healthy Diet: The number one leading cause for high cholesterol is a fatty diet. Avoiding or minimizing greasy, fatty, and fried foods from your diet can be very helpful when it comes to preventing and treating high cholesterol. Introduce as many vegetables and fruits as you can into your diet, research heart healthy proteins, and stick with it!
– Exercise and Weight Management: Staying active makes the heart happy, and in turn benefits the rest of your body! Stay active, get your blood flowing and keep it up! Weight loss has the ability to severely decrease your cholesterol levels, as well as low blood pressure.
– Avoid Cigarettes: Cigarettes are terrible for your heart! Not only do they make your cholesterol levels higher they also strain your heart! If you have high cholesterol your heart is already being strained, do not make it worse by smoking!
Wellspire Medical Group
Wellspire Medical Group proudly serves Atascocita, Humble and surrounding areas. We have been part of Northeast Houston as Mehta Medical Group for 30 years. Our name change reflects our broader scope of services. In other words, we are working hard to “Inspire Better Health!”
Wellspire Medical Group
8901 Farm to Market 1960 Bypass Road W #101
Humble, TX 77338