Do You Know The Top Dangers That you should Watch For That Are
Associated With High Cholesterol?
There are actually two types of dangers or risks when it comes to high cholesterol:
Uncontrollable risks and controllable risks. The uncontrollable risks are those that you are born with and have no
control over the fact that you have these risk factors for cholesterol.
There is much talk today regarding high cholesterol. You would have to have been living under a rock not to know
that high cholesterol can lead to heart disease.
Do you know the top dangers that you should watch for that are associated with high cholesterol? There are
perhaps 50% of Americans that do not know what these dangers are because that is the percentage of Americans with
high levels of cholesterol.
That statistic shows that for Americans, having high cholesterol is commonplace. It could also mean that
Americans ignore the two top dangers. Are you curious as to what those dangers are?
There are actually two types of dangers or risks when it comes to high cholesterol: Uncontrollable risks and
The uncontrollable risks are those that you are born with and have no control over the fact that you have these
risk factors for cholesterol. The controllable risks are those that you can have some measure of control over.
The risk factors that are uncontrollable for high cholesterol are: gender, age and family history.
If you are born female, once you pass the point of menopause, your risk for LDL cholesterol or the "bad"
cholesterol going up is increased. As the LDL cholesterol level rises in her bloodstream, so will her risk for
We all age, just try to stay the save age, and you will find out quickly that age is something you have no
All this cholesterol risk information is interesting, but what does it mean for your child today? Knowing that there may be health issues for your child in the future based on the cholesterol levels they have today and their risk factors can translate into making better decisions regarding diet, and exercise while they are growing so that they can minimize their risk factors and form healthy habits to control their cholesterol now and in the future.
Your risk for high cholesterol increases as you age. Men who are age 45 and older have an
increased risk for high cholesterol and women who are aged 55 and older are at an increased risk for high
If you have a family history (blood relation) of high cholesterol especially if you have a family history of
heart disease at an early age (earlier than age 55 if male and before age 65 if female).
You certainly cannot control who your blood relations are ask any pair of fighting siblings!
The risk factors for high cholesterol that you can have some control over are: your diet, your weight, and your
physical activity level.
Our diets are made up of many things (everything we eat contain substances). The food items we select to eat
each day contain substances that are either good nutritionally for us or add no significant value to our
Some foods we select can even harm us such as those that raise our total LDL cholesterol levels such as foods
containing saturated fats. If you are overweight for your age and body size it can cause your LDL cholesterol level
(the bad one) to go up and your HDL level (the good one) to go down.
To be heart healthy it is good for the HDL level to be high and the LDL level to be low.
When these levels are the opposite of what is healthy for us that can increase our risk for heart