Reducing Lipid Levels

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Knowing the facts about fats in the blood, called lipids, can reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke. Dr. Edward Hill discusses lipids and ways to lower your levels if theyre high in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Fats in the blood are called lipids. Lipids join with protein in your blood to form lipoproteins. Lipoproteins make energy for your body, so they're important to the cells in your body.

Most people have high levels of fat in their blood because they eat too much high-fat food. Some people have high fat levels because they have an inherited disorder. High lipid levels may also be caused by medical conditions such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, or kidney disease. In some people, certain medicines, can cause high lipid levels.

Often there are no signs. Without a blood test, you may not know you have high levels of fat in your blood until you have a heart attack or a stroke.

The first ways to reduce your lipid levels are to eat less fat, exercise regularly and lose weight. If you smoke, stop. Your doctor may have you take medicine to take the fat out of your blood.

Aerobic exercises, such as walking, running, bicycling and swimming, are a good way to lower your cholesterol as well.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.