High blood pressure high cholesterol affects your whole body. From powering your brain to creating your sex hormones. As good as cholesterol is to you, you cannot live without it, it can also be very hazardous to your heart health.
You might ask what exactly is high cholesterol? And I respond by asking, does your body need this fat? And also what do these carrier molecules called lipoproteins do throughout your body?
Some years ago I was told I had both high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I already have been living with high blood pressure for many years but my cholesterol level was now 252 and my Cardiologist prescribed a Statin drug, that I did not fill. More on this below.
I knew I was at increased risk when I was diagnosed with elevated cholesterol. It was frightening because I knew all my risk factors had just gone up a notch.
It also meant that I had more cholesterol in my blood than my body needed. Cholesterol is one of a group of fats (lipids) that serve either as material to build cells or as an energy source for your body.
It is a fat within your body that is needed to help form certain hormones, cell membranes and bile. If you have too much of this soft, waxy substance you may be in trouble.
This fat cannot dissolve on its own within your body so it must be transported throughout your body.
There are three types of lipoproteins that does the job. These lipoproteins are low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and very-low-density lipoproteins (VLDL).
LDL and HDL plays the major roles with regard to your heart health. You do not hear much about VLDL, but it carries triglycerides and other lipids made in your liver to the cells within your body.
LDL is know as the bad cholesterol which transport cholesterol and other lipids to your tissues. LDL is made from VLDL. LDL forms a hard deposit, called plaque, on the walls of your arteries that builds up over time. You can remove these plaque, or cholesterol, from the arterial walls by consuming pomegranate, a low-cost and natural method.
The possibility of a clot forming has just been increased and it either block your blood flow to your heart causing a heart attack or block the flow of your blood to your brain causing a stroke.
Now HDL is the good cholesterol that clears the soft, waxy substance from your arteries to your liver for disposal from your body. Elevated HDL actually protects you from heart disease and stroke.
Like high blood pressure high cholesterol comes with no symptoms. The weird thing is your body needs cholesterol to help form certain hormones, cell membranes and bile.
Would you like to see some sample diets for lowering cholesterol? It could be helpful, are good, and packed with heart healthy ideas for every meal. But first, do you even know the foods high in cholesterol or even the foods that lower cholesterol?
When we start to age, not to say young people do not have high blood pressure high cholesterol, but knowing the different kinds of fats that makes up our total cholesterol within your blood is very important.
High levels of low density lipoproten (LDL - the bad cholesterol) worsen atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of fatty deposit on the inside of your arteries that narrows the vessels and slows down our blood flow. It begins to damage the inner lining of our artery walls.
Then there is HDL - the good cholesterol which is a high density lipoprotein that protect us against atherosclerosis.
I want you to go to your doctor and check to see if you are at a very high, moderate or low risk for having cholesterol. If your cholesterol levels are high, then you need to go on a cholesterol and triglyceride lowering diet.
Studies have indicated that there are clear health benefits if the levels of different types of cholesterol are kept at target levels. These levels keep changing, but the current recommendations for high blood pressure high cholesterol by the Harvard Medical School of Family Health Guide are:
|Total Cholesterol Level||Total Cholesterol Category|
|Less than 200 mg/dL||Desirable|
|200-239 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|HDL Cholesterol Level||HDL Cholesterol Category|
|Less than 40 mg/dL||Low (representing risk)|
|60 mg/dL and above||High (heart-protective)|
|Trigylceride Level||Triglyceride Category|
|Less than 150 mg/dL||Normal|
|150 - 199 mg/dL||Borderline high|
|200 - 499 mg/dL||High|
|500 mg/dL||Very high|
If your Current LDL Cholesterol Targets are at:
Very High Risk: You already have a history of heart disease, probably experience a heart attack, had some sort of heart procedure done such as angioplasty or a bypass. At this risk level, the Harvard Medical School states most individuals are smokers, has a high triglycerides of over 200 and low HDL below 40.
High Risk: You also already have a history of heart disease and probably at risk for Diabetes, and narrowing of the arteries.
Moderately High Risk: Again you have a couple of risk factors for heart disease that create a 10% to 20% chance of having a heart attack in another couple of years.
Moderate Risk: You have two or more risk factors for heart disease but your percentage is less than 10% for having a heart attack.
Low Risk: Having a reasonable LDL of less than 130 with no more than one risk factor for heart disease.
The first step in lowering your high blood pressure high cholesterol is to change your diet.
As I mentioned my cardiologist prescribed a statin drug for me to take, but I wanted a chance to lower my cholesterol using different ways of alternatives.
I wanted to try some natural remedies for high cholesterol.
essential oils. So I started applying these oils on a daily basis to my body and I also reduced my consumption of eating eggs and cheese. Using Aroma Life, as my alternative medication I was able to lower my cholesterol to 180 within a year.
Cholesterol lowering medications like Statins are a group of similar medicines that are highly effective in lowering both total and LDL cholesterol and is credited in raising our HDL cholesterol. These statins are generally free of side effects, but occasionally cause liver or muscle damage. Also these same drugs have been known to prevent stroke and heart attack.
Another known alternative is Niacin, a vitamin that is also effective in lowering total and LDL cholesterol and very effective in raising our HDL cholesterol.
I am sure you have heard the term your food can be your medicine. So here are some of the best diets for high cholesterol. Scientific studies do demonstrate the powerful and positive impact of lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise have on coronary heart disease.
It may also surprise you to learn that you can take herbs to lower cholesterol and these are herbs you already add to your salmon, poultry, potatoes or soups. Lowering your high blood pressure high cholesterol will clearly result in fewer deaths from all cardiovascular diseases.