Cholesterol: how to find out if you are at risk

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Cholesterol: how do you know if you are at risk? Following a few tips can be crucial.

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Cholesterol and values: how do you know if you are at risk? Many find it difficult just to distinguish between good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol and do not know that (also) cholesterol is of fundamental importance for the well-being of our body, as long as it remains on normal values.





In particular, it is LDL cholesterol, known as "bad", Which, unlike HDL considered"good", Must be constantly monitored through the values, especially in the subjects most at risk (but HDL must also be controlled). Some parameters have recently changed: the new guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (Esc) in fact bring down the limit of bad cholesterol to 100, which previously should not have exceeded 190.

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If your cholesterol exceeds those limits? Well, cardiovascular diseases they are the consequence, but also, according to recent research, some tumors they are to be associated with an excessive presence of this fat in the blood. For this it would be advisable to know what the ideal value of total cholesterol is, the one that can really keep us in good health. Finally, there is another factor to consider when it comes to cholesterol: sometimes having good levels of good cholesterol can make a difference.

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How to find out if you are at risk of cholesterol

What can we do for avoid high cholesterol? The first thing is to act at the food level in order to prevent too much fat from accumulating in the blood. In addition, let's not forget to follow a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, not consuming too much alcohol or being sedentary.

Then there are some alarm bells that you should not underestimate if you do not want to incur the cholesterol risk:

1. Pressure too high

2. Incorrect diet: few vegetables, too many fatty foods for example


3. Overweight or obesity

4. Little or no physical activity


High cholesterol and nutrition. What connection is there really?

More important than you think. It is at the table that our health is decided. More than drugs, it is in fact the healthy cooking that you have to rely on. Limit, then, hydrogenated fats or those of animal origin, in particular cured meats but also milk and derivatives, egg yolk (about the consumption of eggs and cholesterol, read here). Know that even very processed or refined foods increase the levels of fat in the blood and most of the time it is not thought that even refined carbohydrates, therefore with a high glycemic index, tend to raise cholesterol.



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