Wednesday, February 18, 2009

How To Lower LDL Cholesterol Levels

LDL is an acronym for low density lipoprotein (cholesterol). LDL is commonly called as the bad cholesterol while the HDL high density lipoprotein is considered as good cholesterol. LDL is considered to be bad cholesterol because high level of this cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. It is a healthy habit to keep checking the levels of LDL to prevent any heart ailments caused by the deposits of LDL. Lipid profile a test to measure the level of low density lipoprotein is made to know if a person is having a risk of heart disease or not.

Cholesterol Lowering Diets
When as a part of physical examination, lipids are measured and it was found that LDL is considered to be moderately high in level, the patient will be advised to follow cholesterol lower diet without any prescription for cholesterol lowering medications. But when the LDL level is too high cholesterol lowering medications would be prescribed by the doctor.

To lower LDL levels the cholesterol lowering diets recommended by the physicians consists of diets without fat content (saturated fats). Many food products we eat on a daily basis contain these saturated fats and hydrogenated fats and are found in whole milk, cheese, cream, meat, and poultry. If you are non vegetarian and avoiding it is difficult to you then you can substitute meat with sea food. Fish can be a part of your low LDL diet. Apart from restricting the use of meat, oil, and milk products, the foods to lower LDL consists of a lot of fruits, vegetables, oats, barley, nuts, and legumes.

When the cholesterol levels are too high to be controlled by controlling your diet, cholesterol lowering medications will be produced by the physician to lower the risk of heart diseases. If you already at high risk of heart disease like having family history of heart disease and lifestyle like smoking and drinking excessive alcohol and if you are suffering from other disease like diabetes and hypertension, then it is prudent that you consult your physician to look at your LDL level.

Helpful Books On Lowering Cholesterol
The Great Cholesterol ConEverything Low-Cholesterol Cookbook: Keep you heart healthy with 300 delicious low-fat, low-carb recipes (Everything: Cooking)Cholesterol Down: Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in Four Weeks--Without Prescription DrugsEating for Lower Cholesterol: A Balanced Approach to Heart Health with Recipes Everyone Will Love

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