Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Is reaching and keeping healthy cholesterol levels, even as you age, impossible to do?

The answer to this question is no, but it will not be an easy task.

Although I have never had any issues with cholesterol levels my wife of 41 years has and it has been a real struggle for her.

However, after really taking it by the horn and fully understanding what causes the good and bad levels and the correct diet to eat, the last several years she has had no real issues with it.

Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels by no means will be easy, but it can be done.

In fact, once we all pass the age of 50, it is one of the most important things we can do to help achieve a healthy golden real experience.

Our trek to control her levels at first was very confusing, but the more we studied it together, the easier it became.

The best way to try to explain cholesterol is that it is an almost waxy or greasy type of substance that is found in the fats of your blood referred to as lipids.

Our body needs it to survive, but the key is to reach and then maintain healthy levels.

It is essential in building healthy cells, but if it becomes too high it can and does very easily affect your heart.

If you have any type of family history with high levels as well as heart conditions, you need to take it very seriously.

Once your levels become elevated, you are at risk of developing fatty deposits in your blood vessels, and this is not good.

Eventually they will begin to clog up, so to speak, and this makes it very difficult for a normal and healthy flow of blood.

Your heart needs a fresh supply of oxygen rich blood at all times and this is what makes healthy cholesterol levels all that more important.

If this system becomes compromised over time, especially as we age, you now are at risk of both a stroke as well as several different heart issues, including heart attacks.

Family History

My wife’s father died of a heart attack and her mother had 2 strokes before she passed, so together we have been relentless in fully understanding what it is and how to control it.

We found the best way to achieving healthy cholesterol levels is the right diet.

However, this condition can also be extremely challenging to understand as you will have bad as well as good levels to work with.

Understanding the Levels

Here is how to understand you healthy cholesterol levels, and thus your goals, using the ratio formulas per the Mayo Clinic.

  • Divide your HDL, high density levels (good) into your total number
  • The optimal ratio is less than 3.5 to 1
  • The higher the ratio, the great risk, especially as you age.

Understanding the causes is also helpful as the good and the bad can be very confusing.

The cholesterol in your blood attaches to protein, and once combined, is referred to as “lipoprotein.”

The different types are HDL, your “good” type and the LDL is the “bad” type.

LDL transfers this combination throughout your body and can build up in your arteries.  Once this occurs, your arteries will become hard and narrow.

Your “good” levels, HDL, on the other hand, picks up any excess it finds and transports back to your liver.

This is the reason you have to get the ratio in your favor.

Its All About The Diet

Reaching your healthy levels naturally will all be based on the proper diet, especially as we age.

We all know that our body is changing in this ageing process and everything slows down somewhat, and this process is no different.

One other factor that is surprising with this condition and that is identifying the symptoms. 

If someone tells you the symptoms to watch for—totally ignore them.

Why?--there are no symptoms. If you are not tested via a regular blood test checkup, you will have no idea you have high or regular levels.

Here is the best diet from experience that we have tried and we took it years ago directly from the Mayo Clinic.

  • Oatmeal and fiber foods
  • Fish and Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Walnuts and Almonds
  • Avocados
  • Olive Oil

Oatmeal is a huge player in this game as it contains what is referred to as “soluble fiber”.

This form of fiber attacks you “bad” levels as it can reduce its absorption into your blood stream.

If this absorption rate is reduced, it gives your “good levels’ a much better chance of taking it back to your liver.

It you eat bananas with your oatmeal, you add in more fiber. However, there are also other alternatives.

This same fiber can be found in kidney beans, pears, apples, as well as prunes. Our parents and grandparents used prunes for another reason, but give it a try for this condition as well.

Salmon, Halibut, Lake Trout, Mackerel, and Sardines are very high in mega 3 fatty acids and these acids are also power players with healthy cholesterol levels.

They help to lower your blood pressure, which helps to prevent clotting and helps your “good levels” do their job.

Walnuts, almonds, and any other nut from a tree, not the ground, are rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acids.

These acids help to keep your blood vessels healthy again helping your “good levels”

The final food sources for healthy cholesterol levels are avocados and olive oil. Both of these are very rich in another acid, monounsaturated fatty acid, (MUFAs).

These acids help to improve your LDL levels, which is exactly what you want. 

If you are still searching for healthy cholesterol levels, give this diet a try. You may be pleased.

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/tc/high-cholesterol-overview#1

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