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Cholesterol Checkup

"Not yet age appropriate?"
By: Jose Maria M. Villarama IICholesterol Checkup

You don’t want to develop high bad cholesterol levels, so you start young. Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and avoid smoking and stress. If food sources for fiber and omega-3 fatty acids are scarce or are not that readily available, one can resort to supplements to derive the same benefit. Health food stores and ordinary pharmacies may sell fiber supplements, fish oil gel capsules, as well as magnesium, potassium and vitamin B supplements that can help control bad cholesterol levels.

DOH consultant Dr. Willie T. Ong suggests the consumption of garlic, which contains allyl sulfides, which have been found to reduce cholesterol levels by 10-15 percent.

Finally, go for a check up. Although many cardiologists will say that early onset and early detection of high LDL or low HDL cholesterol levels, albeit non-optimal or just a few points above or below the normal limit, is still manageable, it is a medical condition that should not be taken lightly.

A study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 2010 has shown that young people, even those with modestly elevated cholesterol levels, are more likely to develop hardening of coronary arteries and atherosclerosis when they age. Elevated LDL cholesterol levels of adults in their 20s are associated with coronary artery damage that can persist as one ages. This can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke. 

Therefore, checking regularly with one’s doctor, especially a cardiologist, even if one is still relatively young or if one believes that it is “not yet age-appropriate” to see a specialist, can help allay unnecessary fear of the disease or address whatever medical condition that may develop early on. 
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