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Cholesterol Education Month – Part 2

Posted on: September 5th, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Cholesterol Body FatSeptember is Cholesterol Education Month and LA Medical wants to educate all of our customers about the good, bad and ugly of cholesterol and how it affects your health.

Obesity and high cholesterol are a large and growing in this country. How many Americans have high LDL cholesterol?  Experts tell us that an adult’s total cholesterol should be less than 170 mg/dL. But more than 102 million of American adults have cholesterol levels at or above 200 mg/dL.  More than 35 million of these people have levels of 240 mg/dL or higher, sometime much, much higher.

How do you know if you have high cholesterol? High cholesterol usually doesn’t have any signs or symptoms. The only way to know your cholesterol levels is with a blood test. Your doctor can draw blood during physical and run tests.  Treating your cholesterol is even more important if you have other cardiovascular risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and smoking. The can send you the results or consult with you about the numbers.

If you diagnosed with high cholesterol, the doctor may have several different treatments and suggestions for you to lower your numbers and your risk.

Medication. There are many approved drugs on the market hat can help lower your cholesterol. Talk to your doctor.

Lose weight. It may not cure the problem, but it can’t hurt.

Change your diet. Eat less bad things and more good things. Less fat in your diet means less fat in your blood and your clothes!

Fiber. It’s natures broom and acts like a sponge to absorb the bad fats. Eat more fiber.

Stop smoking. That will help every part of your health and body.

Get moving. Exercise is a simple way to reduce your “bad cholesterol” and raise your “good cholesterol.”

Take control of your heart health during Cholesterol Education Month and see LA Medical for all of your wheelchair and mobility scooter needs.

Cholesterol Education Month – Part 1

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

Cholesterol Numbers

Two out of three adults in this country have high cholesterol. It’s Cholesterol Education Month and LA Medical wants everyone to be aware of their cholesterol numbers and know what they can do about them.

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a naturally occurring waxy, fat-like substance that your body uses as a source of energy.  Cholesterol is also a storage unit for energy. Fat/cholesterol helps to  regulate cell membranes and helps regulate what is going into and going out of your body’s cells. Your body uses cholesterol to make and regulate many important substances including estrogen and testosterone and vitamin D. So yes, your body needs some cholesterol and a healthy type of  cholesterol, but it’ all about having the right amount of the right kind.

LDL versus HDL; what is the difference and what you need to know? When people talk about having high cholesterol, they are usually referring to having or high LDL. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is the “bad” cholesterol.  Having a high LDL level can cause fats to build up on the walls of your arteries restricting blood flow and leading to heart disease and stroke. We hear a lot about these to health problems being a large and still growing problem in our country and they are some of the biggest cause of death and disability for both men and women.

LDL is different from HDL. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is the “good” cholesterol. HDL are microscopic blobs in the bloodstream that cruise the bloodstream like a little janitor removing harmful bad cholesterol from where it doesn’t belong.  Those little HDL janitors take the bad cholesterol to our body’s recycling center (the liver) here it can be processed and dispose of. Here’s the kicker, while higher HDL levels reduce the risk for heart disease, having low HDL levels and high LDL levels increase the risk of heart issues.

We’ll have more about this important subject next time. See LA Medical for a full-line of medical products and daily living supplies.