Cholesterol: Why You Need to Care
Do you know your cholesterol levels? If you don’t, it may be time to find out. This is a crucial part of taking care of your health, especially if you have other chronic health conditions. Cholesterol is something we all have, and that can be both good and bad for your health.
What Is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a common word associated with our overall health, but do you really know what it means? It is a waxy substance that circulates through the blood and helps build cells. It is naturally produced by the liver without the need for any outside sources as long as our bodies are working properly. However, cholesterol is also ingested when we eat foods and oils such as palm oil, coconut oil, meat, poultry, and full-fat dairy. For some, this extra consumption does little to their natural cholesterol levels. For others, the production of this substance by the liver may amp up or even cause clogging of arteries. This is why monitoring your cholesterol intake and levels is something we should all do.
Bad vs. Good Cholesterol
Did you know there is both good and bad cholesterol? In blood tests, these levels are referred to as LDL and HDL. LDL cholesterol is naturally occurring in the body and always has the highest amounts in the blood, but this is also known as “bad” cholesterol. Why? This is due to the fact that LDL cholesterol is the type that can form plaque in your arteries. HDL cholesterol is considered “good” because its purpose is to absorb other cholesterol and help flush it out of the body. The higher this level is, the less at risk you are for heart disease.
Checking Your Cholesterol
For the best accuracy and guidance, it is best to visit a health clinic or physician to get this testing done. You may need to fast before the blood test.
All adults over the age of 20 are recommended to have their cholesterol checked every four years. If you are at a higher risk for stroke or heart attack, your physician may want you to come in as often as every six months for a screening. These kinds of screenings are often covered by insurance and do not take very long. The benefit of knowing you are safe and healthy is worth the appointment.
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Do you have questions about cholesterol or need help monitoring your cholesterol? Contact Questcare Medical Clinic for information about our locations and hours.