Why Is My Cholesterol Still High If I Eat Right and Work Out?
Posted: May 31, 2019
Even if you are doing all the right things from a lifestyle point of view to keep your cholesterol low, you could still have high cholesterol. Some may be shocked by the news at a men’s health assessment that they have high levels of the “bad” cholesterol, also known as LDL, despite their healthy habits. Lifestyle changes are not always sufficient for some people. Contrarily, you might be doing something unhealthy that offsets the health effects that you are getting from good habits.
Cholesterol and Its Dangers
Cholesterol is both deadly and necessary. You need HDL cholesterol in order to create certain important substances in your body. However, too much LDL cholesterol can put you in danger of a stroke or a heart attack. Your body manufactures most of the cholesterol that is in it, but your diet, exercise, and other habits can affect the level of HDL cholesterol in your blood. High cholesterol generally does not produce symptoms. You can have your cholesterol tested at a men’s health clinic.
Sabotaging Lifestyle Changes
One mistake people commonly make is not fully understanding which foods they should be avoiding. Along with a low-cholesterol diet, foods that contain saturated fat or trans fat should also be eaten in moderation or avoided. This includes margarine and many processed snack foods. Other people make the mistake of thinking that because they are on medication, they do not need to make lifestyle changes. People also may think that lifestyle changes always mean no medication is necessary.
When You Need Medication
For some men, lifestyle changes are not sufficient. This can be the case for people whose high cholesterol is genetic or who have additional risk factors, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. A men’s health assessment may reveal that the level of LDL is too high, or there may be plaque or calcium in the veins. Statins are usually prescribed for high cholesterol and can be a vital part of men’s health management. They are usually successful although there are a few other drugs that may be prescribed if statins do not do the job.
If you have not had a men’s health assessment recently or if you have a family history of high cholesterol, visit Low T Center today at www.lowtcenter.com to make an online appointment. Our men’s health clinic can help manage a number of conditions with solutions for sleep apnea, hypertension, and testosterone replacement.
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