Hi there! Just a quick question...
Hi there! Just a quick question...
x
Thank you for your response
Today in Health & Wellness
GENDER CONCERNS

Lowering LDL Levels

"Lower bad cholesterol through medical and non-medical means"
By: Jose Maria M. Villarama IILowering LDL Levels

If bad lifestyle choices are the cause of raised LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, then lifestyle changes must be the first item on one’s treatment and rehabilitation agenda.

Choosing fish and vegetables over red meat or untrimmed pork, boiled food over fried ones, and skim over whole milk are only some of the healthier diet resolutions one can make. Eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as bangus (milkfish) belly or salmon can help increase HDL or good cholesterol and offset bad cholesterol. Eat some high fiber foods, too.

Cardiologists also advise patients to increase physical activity. Brisk walking for an hour five times each week (or its equivalent) is the best cardiovascular exercise.

If diet and exercise are not enough, doctors can then prescribe medications, specifically statin drugs that lower the level of bad cholesterol. Cardiologists like DOH consultant Dr. Willie T. Ong follow guidelines stipulated in the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) in administering drugs to patients with high cholesterol. With 200 mg/dL as the normal or threshold level for total cholesterol, the NCEP’s recommendations are:

  • For patients with a total cholesterol level of more than 280 mg/dL or an LDL cholesterol level above 190 mg/dL, drug treatment may be started if diet and exercise over a period of eight weeks do not bring the levels down.
  • For patients with heart disease, hypertension, or who are heavy smokers, drug treatment is already started with a cholesterol level of 240 mg/dL.
  • For patients with diabetes or who have suffered a heart attack or stroke, drug treatment may be started if the level breaches 200 mg/dL. 

But before medication is started, Dr. Ong emphasizes the need to obtain accurate cholesterol level figures. The accuracy of such results can be guaranteed if the test is done by a very reputable laboratory and if the 12-hour fasting period is religiously observed. Repeat tests must be done at least a month after non-drug interventions have been ordered to check if the cholesterol levels have improved.

Suggested Readings
Delectable Dilis
"Dilis" or native anchovies are a small, oily fish that...read more
The Psychology of Food Porn
When hunger strikes, what do you usually do to satiate...read more
Iron-deficiency Anemia
Sometimes, although we try to make every meal nutritious and...read more
Prevent Weight Gain from Partying
It is part of the Filipino culture - snacking in...read more
Related Health Conditions
High cholesterol or dyslipidemia is manifested by the elevation of... read more
Also known as alcoholism is a dependence on alcoholic beverages... read more
Gallstones are hard particles that form in the gallbladder or... read more
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is severe and disabling fatigue that... read more
The bones serve many functions in the body. It provides... read more
The liver carries out many essential body functions. It produces... read more
Copyright © 2019 Medicomm Pacific Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Follow us:    Facebook    Twitter