What is high cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat. Perhaps you remember hearing, the body needs nutrients. The major categories of nutrients are proteins , carbohydrates and fats . Cholesterol is labeled a type of fat . Cholesterol is a nutrient . Nutrients are needed for survival.
How can too much of a nutrient be a bad thing? Cholesterol is made in your body. It seems the body makes what it needs with the liver. Cholesterol is needed for vitamin D , bile ( help digest foods) and certain hormones. It is beneficial according to some readings for every cell in the body . However, too much of a good thing in this case can be bad . If it stays on the walls of the arteries , it can get hard. This will narrow the artery making the heart work harder and lead to complications like a stroke and or a heart attack. This is what happens when too much cholesterol is circulating in the blood.
Scientist have been able to determine that there are several different types of cholesterol . HDL cholesterol aka good cholesterol . LDL cholesterol aka as bad cholesterol. Triglycerides are different type of fat but also considered bad if large amounts are present. The high cholesterol can happen because of diet. Certain foods have cholesterol like meat , poultry, and dairy products. . These foods will make the liver produce more cholesterol than is needed.
Similar to the normal values of blood pressure , cholesterol has a value that has been determined to be normal. The measurement is in total levels and then specifically for the Bad Cholesterol( LDH)
The total cholesterol of 240 mg/dl or more is considered to be elevated . The values of 200-239 mg/dl is considered borderline.
My value in December was 258mg/dl . I was told they like a value of 199mg/dl. It dropped in June to 229mg/dl. I was still high by my doctor’s value but now was only borderline according to national values .
The LDL optimum values are less than 100mg/dl The borderline values is considered to 130-159 mg/dl . The high range is 160-189. The very high is 190 or greater. In December my value for the LDH was 197. This would be very high and the reason for the cry of ” horrible” .
June my value was 174mg/dl. It had dropped from the very high range to the high range.
I felt very encouraged ,but my doctor wanted to put me on the Statin medication .
Possible treatments for high blood pressure and cholesterol will be next. I am sure you are glued to your seats in anticipation. Remember being healthy is very important to being efficient and productive.
High Blood pressure and high cholesterol were indicated by my measurements in my physical. What do I do now?
Can high Blood pressure be in part because of high cholesterol. These and more will be coming in future blogs.
I being very encouraged decided to try another three months of natural treatment. Was this a bad idea? Plaque the hardening in the arteries is reversible and with my values going lower it seemed reasonable to me. It may not be reasonable to someone else.
I am not giving advice merely an accounting, journal so to speak of what I did with my problems of High Blood pressure and High Cholesterol.
What can be done if you place your efforts into a problem. This can be applied to any area of your life. You must follow through be it with medications, holistic avenues or a daily routine for writing your lyrics.
Do you like how I slipped that in to get you motivated. Go write and send me your lyric!