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The Mayo Staff Clinic states, cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. While your body needs cholesterol to continue building healthy cells, having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease.
When you have high cholesterol, you may develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits make it difficult for enough blood to flow through your arteries. Your heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, which increases the risk of a heart attack. Decreased blood flow to your brain can cause a stroke.
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) can be inherited, but is often preventable and treatable. A healthy diet, regular exercise and sometimes medication can go a long way toward reducing high cholesterol.
Over the past two years my doctor has been keeping a close eye on my bad cholesterol levels and she has decided that I should be on medication. Heart disease runs in my family and though I’m sure that genes are part of the reason for my high cholesterol levels, I definitely have to change my lifestyle and eating habits or I could end up like my mother and have a stroke, or like my grandparents and have a heart attack and end up having heart surgery.
Am I scared? Yep! My mom told me that when she was 30-something she also started medication for cholesterol. I don’t want to have a small pharmacy in my purse, and at this point I’m on my way. Open my purse now and you can find Simvastatin, Sertraline, and Loratadine inside. That’s two prescriptions too many…one is for allergies, I can handle that.
- Fatty meats: Corned beef, ham, bacon, lunch meat, short ribs, spare ribs, sausage, hot dogs, all organ meats
- Any seafood that is sauteed or deep fried
- Cream cheese, processed cheese and cheese spread
- Canned baked beans
- Any milk product made with whole or 2% milk, chocolate milk, milkshakes, eggnog, coconut milk
- Yogurt made from whole milk or custard style
- Cereals containing coconut, instant hot cereals, granola
- Pasta and rice prepared with whole eggs, cream and cheese sauces; canned or boxed noodle and macaroni dishes; canned spaghetti dishes
- Baked Goods – butter or cheese rolls and breads; croutons; commercial biscuits, muffins, pancakes, pastries, sweet rolls, donuts, croissants, popovers
- Soft flour tortillas made with lard, shortening, hydrogenated fats, coconut and palm oils
- Salted crackers or snacks; fried snack foods; any snacks or crackers containing saturated fats, coconut or palm oils, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats; cheese crackers or snacks; potato chips; corn chips; tortilla chips; chow mein noodles; commercial buttered popcorn
Damn! The list goes on and on. You can read more of what to avoid along with healthy options here. This is gonna be very hard and life altering for me, but I have gotta get it together or I could die too young and in very bad health.
- The Truth Behind Six Cholesterol Myths (everydayhealth.com)
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor About High Cholesterol (everydayhealth.com)
- The Keys to Cutting Cholesterol (everydayhealth.com)
- High Cholesterol Levels in the Young (everydayhealth.com)
- Developing a Low-Sodium and Low-Cholesterol Meal Plan at Home (brighthub.com)