In this article I will give you some ideas of the potential health risks and the impact of bad cholesterol on your body. I will also provide you with some easy, real world ideas of how to lower your levels and improve your health.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that forms your cell membranes as well as production of certain hormones and the creation of bile, so you do need cholesterol in your body.
But, many of us get too much cholesterol and the impact of bad cholesterol is really starting to show up in the case of higher instances of heart disease, diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases.
When too much cholesterol builds up in your arteries it is called plaque. This plaque buildup will then block blood flow. It is similar to what happens in the pipes in your home if you have hard water.
Over time you will get a buildup in the pipes and it can become so thick that the water either can't flow or the flow is slowed down to almost nothing.
This clogging of the arteries deprives your vital organs, such as your brain and heart, of the blood it needs and the consequences can be life threatening – you can have a heart attack or a stroke.
Another problem with a high buildup of plaque is atherosclerosis which is a hardening of the arteries. If your arteries become too built up with plaque, the artery itself can become brittle and eventually burst which can lead to blood clots.
OK, now that you know how dangerous it can be to have too high of a cholesterol level, what can you do about it?
Well, this part is actually pretty easy. There are many things that can be done that will help you get your levels back into a normal balance.
The first thing you need to do is talk to your doctor to get suggestions. Many doctors will prescribe a prescription medication to help control your cholesterol levels.
But, if you don't want to have to deal with all the side effects, not to mention the cost, of taking prescription drugs, ask your doctor what other things you can do.
In some cases your levels may be so high that you need to get them lowered as soon as you can so medication may be the best choice.
Other times, though, you may have levels that are only borderline or mildly elevated and if that is the case you may be able to make the needed changes with some simple lifestyle changes.
It really can be as simple as eating more lean protein, vegetables and fruit and cutting way back on any fast food and food that is high in fat.
Add some consistent exercise into the mix and you may just find that you are able to control your levels naturally, without having to add any prescription medications to your daily routine.
So, if you are concerned with the impact of bad cholesterol now is the time to act. After you have spoken with your doctor work with him to establish the best course of action for you and your needs.