Are you in the normal cholesterol range? Find out what it is, which foods have no cholesterol, and how to lower cholesterol naturally.
Many physicians use the NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program) guidelines to define the cutoff levels of LDL and HDL considered abnormal. For most of us a LDL (bad cholesterol) above 130 is considered high. A HDL (good cholesterol) below 40 for men and 50 for women is considered too low.
Cholesterol is not all bad. Cholesterol is an important nutritional component involved in many processes including nerve function, cell wall health, and as a precursor to other biochemical components.
Cholesterol can be measured in the blood and is generally broken down into LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol are associated with atherosclerosis, strokes, heart disease and peripheral vascular disease. High levels of HDL cholesterol are linked with a reduced level of the above.
Most (75%) of your cholesterol is produced by your body; you can't do anything about those levels except through medication. But for the other 25% of your cholesterol, changing your diet and exercise are important to reduce your levels - if that is necessary.
It has been shown that proper diet, weight loss, and exercise can affect this level into the proper range.
For more information, here is a good link - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/summer12/articles/summer12pg6-7.html
Contact your doctor for specific advise for your circumstances.
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