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How to Reduce and Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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High cholesterol is a common health condition in the US and across the globe. Often referred to as a silent condition, most people suffering from high cholesterol don't present symptoms and may not even be aware of their condition until they get tested by their doctor.
This VIDEO will explore the ins and outs of cholesterol and how you can reduce your cholesterol naturally by making some lifestyle changes.
There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing high cholesterol. Here are the most common:
• Eating a lot of foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats, such as processed meats, fried foods, and baked goods.
• Being overweight or obese.
• Smoking.
• Inactivity/Not exercising regularly.
• Genetics - A family history of high cholesterol can increase your risk of developing it.
• Other health conditions like diabetes, kidney disease, or hypothyroidism.
You may have heard people refer to "good" and "bad" cholesterol. In this VIDEO, we'll take a closer look at what these mean.
LDL Cholesterol - "Bad Cholesterol”
We already know that the body contains low-density lipoprotein - LDL cholesterol, which transports cholesterol to the arteries. LDL cholesterol is often referred to as “bad cholesterol” because if you have too much LDL cholesterol in your body, it can build up on the artery walls, narrowing your arteries and limiting blood flow. This is known as cholesterol plaque. A build-up of cholesterol plaque can lead to serious complications. The limited blood flow increases the risk of blood clots, which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
HDL Cholesterol - “Good Cholesterol”
Your body also contains high-density lipoproteins (HDL cholesterol). HDL cholesterol is often referred to as “good cholesterol” because healthy levels of HDL cholesterol can reduce the risk of blood clots, stroke, and heart conditions. How does it do this? HDL cholesterol helps prevent the build-up of cholesterol plaque by aiding in returning LDL cholesterol to your liver so it can be eliminated from your body.
Triglycerides -
While Triglycerides aren't the same as cholesterol, they are another important type of lipid. Triglycerides are an energy source for the body. When you consume more calories than you can use immediately, the excess calories are converted into triglycerides by your body and stored in your fat cells. If you consistently take in more calories than your body uses, your triglyceride levels may become elevated. This increases the risk of health issues such as stroke and heart conditions.
Triglycerides levels, just like cholesterol, should be routinely checked by your doctor.
To test your cholesterol level, your doctor will perform a simple blood test. This test will show your total cholesterol level and the level of HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in your blood. If those tests show high levels of LDL, this indicates that you have high cholesterol.
Left untreated, high cholesterol can lead to a build-up of plaque on your arteries. This CAUSES A thickening or hardening of the arteries. This limits the blood flow through your arteries, increasing the risk of developing dangerous blood clots.
This can lead to a number of serious complications, including:
• Angina, or chest pain
• Chronic kidney disease
• Gallstone issues as a result of bile imbalance
• Heart attack
• High blood pressure
• Peripheral vascular disease
• Stroke
So How can you prevent high cholesterol
While you may not be able to control a genetic disposition to high cholesterol, that doesn't mean you can't manage other environmental factors. Lifestyle plays a large role in developing high cholesterol, so making some changes to your diet and exercise plan can greatly reduce your chances of developing high cholesterol.
Here are some ways you can lower your risk of high cholesterol:
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Exercise regularly
• Quit smoking tobacco products
• Reduce alcohol consumption
• Eat a high-fiber diet that's low in cholesterol and animal fats
• Get your cholesterol levels tested on a regular basis
One of the most effective ways to maintain healthy cholesterol levels is by maintaining a balanced diet. In this section of the video, you'll find plenty of tips on what foods to avoid and what foods to eat regularly to keep your cholesterol levels healthy.

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