Why Bother With Knowing Your Cholesterol Number?

I was once sitting at the hair dresser and the words were flying along side my locks! Too many friends of his have just had heart attacks, so of course the next part of the conversation was what should his cholesterol be? And it's a simple test to present fasting to your gyno, or your primary care physician,  and get those numbers checked. But bottom line: Yes, get your cholesterol down. In fact if you never knew your total cholesterol number at all, not really important, as long as you do everything you can to lower the number of bad particles and lower your body's levels of inflammation. Scientific studies show that reduction of your blood fats keeps your blood vessels more open. Having that good blood flow through your blood vessels is important with respect to protection against myocardial ischemia (low oxygen to the heart muscle) and myocardial infarction (heart attack ). Although your gyno will graph and discuss exact normals, in fact there are no real treatment exact cut offs, but lower levels of lipids are healthier than higher levels for all individuals regardless of their levels at the start of treatment. Lots of health providers weigh in, here's one place to find some facts behind your numbers. Your gyno will say you want your good cholesterol high and your bad cholesterol low. And that its the ratio as well as the number that is most important. The good cholesterol is HDL cholesterol. Non-HDL (subtract HDL level from total CHOL) is the best predictor that reflects the total atherogenic lipids (those that form plaques or sludge build up in the blood vessels). And there are more complications: those with inflammation of the blood vessel wall, and those with actual lipid particles are small are at the most risk.

Not only diet, but your level of health, fitness and your genetics will affect these numbers, Meaning the blood fat particles that will clog the blood stream and deprive hearts and limbs of the much needed oxygen need to be as scarce in our bodies as possible. Simple. But don't necessarily grab a bottle to treat your cholesterol. Everyone concerned with blood fats and cholesterol worry should not start with a diet. Diet strategies should include more whole-grain breads, fruits, vegetables, beans, and fish. Eat less meat. Eat more alpha-linolenic acid-enriched canola oil margarine. When you're discussing this in the color room of your hairdresser, tell your girl friends that diet reductions of lipids can reduce cardiac events by about two-thirds. Getting some fish oil into your diet, and the right exercise program will help as well.

Now there are also special classes of women, especially those with that severe form of PCOS which includes being overweight and having these cardiac risk factors of diabetes and/or hypertension. These women are termed to have the Metabolic Syndrome. Women with Metabolic Syndrome are 1 ½ times as likely to get a stroke. You are likely to be having this syndrome if you have a large waist circumference, high blood sugar, high TG, high BP and high CHOL. Statin therapy’s benefits include reduced new-onset atrial fibrillation, psychological improvement, decreased stroke, osteoporosis, reduced dementia, and macular degeneration. And as the curls got carefully tucked back into place, my therapy, I mean cut and color, session was done my stylist had to emphasize that in fact he thinks that it's stress more than cholesterol that will do it to your heart all along. As for not knowing your number, not realistic, numbers do help manage your diet. As all of us know, we can't behave if we just don't have a really good reason to! I'm munching a an oatmeal granola bar while I eye some glittering box of gift chocolate. And stress may be as important to decrease, as stress releases hormones that will affect the over all good and bad cholesterol! Just how to combat stress? What other tests, like the EKG we see being started in the picture above, well: We'll debate that one next time!


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