According to www.WebMd.com cholesterol tests are recommended regularly to keep individuals updated and aware of heart health. Regular cholesterol tests provide vital information. Cholesterol readings keep you informed as to whether your heart may be in trouble. After discussion with your physician and you are given the go ahead, join a gym or a health club. Please remember all gyms and health clubs are not the same. Find one where the members are consistently monitored and patrons are provided with health information on a regular basis.
Some physicians and organizations recommend everyone, over the age of 20, annually have cholesterol test performed. Pediatricians are now becoming more aware of the need for children to also have their cholesterol levels tested. Heart health issues are vital for anyone and everyone. There are an increasing number of pediatricians recommending children over the age of 6 into their teens have cholesterol test performed annually.
Depending on your health, weight, environment and family history, it is advised that you get your cholesterol tested regularly. AFLAC recommends and rewards their members if they have annual medical checkups including heart health check tests performed.
One of the number one reasons for heart attacks in this country is due to unreasonably high cholesterol levels. Cholesterol in and of itself is not necessarily bad. Some individuals and physicians refer to HDL as the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Having high levels of what is referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol is the issue. LDL cholesterol is the cholesterol when reading range in the level 40, LDL cholesterol helps your body prevent the heart from becoming weak. A weak heart can ultimately result in a heart attack and possibly death.
HDL cholesterol levels reading higher than 120 are dangerous and must be controlled. Readings over 120 are those causing a warning from your physician. At this level, your heart is beginning to work hard to keep blood flowing. The hearts ability to pump blood easily is impaired by clogged arteries. Do you remember the purpose blood serves? Blood is the life source of the body. If or when your blood is not moving freely through the body, the organs are not receiving vital nutrients and oxygen. Nutrients and oxygen are essential to assure proper functioning of the organs.
High cholesterol readings can be reduced. Think of a sink; when the sink is clogged, water is prevented from draining out as it should. Impaired flow results in a backed up sink. A sink backing up with the potential of running over causes quite a mess. To prevent the clog and resulting mess, you work hard to keep the drains clean, unclogged and water flowing freely. Keeping your sink drain clog free assures the water flows easy. Keeping your arteries free and clear of clogs works the same way.
When the heart is able to deliver blood as it should throughout the body, organs are provided with essential blood. If not flowing properly, the heart can become impaired resulting in ‘congestive’ heart failure.
Inactivity, being overweight, unhealthy eating habits are just a few of the reasons a person’s cholesterol may be high. Gaining control and lowering your cholesterol is the first step to a healthy heart and long life.
To gain control of your cholesterol and decrease high reading, first see your physician. Ask that a physical is performed. Also, ask your physician to provide a diet created specifically for individuals struggling to control cholesterol levels. Your physician will either have a diet readily available or provide you with the proper resources.
Next, you must reduce body fat. In other words ‘lose weight’! Again, always discuss physical fitness goals with your physician. Medical professionals at www.WebMd.com regularly recommend consulting your physician before beginning any exercise regime.
With each physical and lower reading of your cholesterol level, you are on your way to a healthier heart and more enjoyment out of life.
Keep your heart healthy and happy.