Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The results of not controlling cholesterol levels can be deadly. Dr. Edward Hill discusses cholesterol levels and their effect on a person’s health in today’s 60 Second Housecall.
Is high cholesterol good or bad? It depends. A higher ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol is best.
Studies show that the lower the cholesterol, the better in preventing disease. A total cholesterol level of less than 200 mg/dL is desirable.
Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or LDL, is called “bad” cholesterol because it can cause cholesterol buildup and blockage of your arteries. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or HDL, is referred to as “good” cholesterol because it helps prevent cholesterol from building up in your arteries. It is mostly protein with only a small amount of fat.
If you are at risk for heart disease, it may be beneficial to raise your HDL cholesterol levels. By lowering LDL cholesterol, you can also reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, stroke and other complications.
To lower your cholesterol, your doctor may first recommend lifestyle changes, such as modifying your diet, quitting smoking, losing weight and exercising. You may also be prescribed medications along with your new diet and exercise plan.
For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.