Facts about Cholesterol
Cholesterol is found in meat, poultry, seafood and dairy products; no plant products contain cholesterol. Consuming saturated fats may also be a major factor in raising your blood cholesterol. Because your body also produces cholesterol on its own, you could theoretically cut cholesterol out of your diet completely and your body would never miss it. However, it’s difficult to do so while still getting the amount of protein and other nutrients you need to live a healthy life.
Most people can lower their blood cholesterol levels by eating foods that are lower in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol.
Low Cholesterol Diet
If your cholesterol (LDL) is too high, your doctor may suggest you follow a low cholesterol diet such as the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP)’s Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet or TLC. Such diets help the average American could reduce total cholesterol levels by 15 percent. Additional percentage points of cholesterol may be reduced while also raising “good” HDL by adding regular exercise.
The low cholesterol diet prescribed in the TLC program is a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet that will help to reduce your blood cholesterol level to decrease your chance of developing heart disease, future heart attacks, and other heart disease complications.
A cholesterol test is done to help determine whether your cholesterol is high and to estimate your risk of heart attacks and other forms of heart disease and diseases of the blood vessels.
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