Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Your Cholesterol Matters

Among my varied health issues, I'm glad high cholesterol isn't one of them. I want to try to keep it that way, so I read this new book by Richard Furman, MD called Your Cholesterol Matters.

He makes cholesterol very easy to understand, and he tells you how to control it. He says to think of your LDL cholesterol as "lethal." This number should not be higher than 100. LDL cholesterol is what clogs up the arteries in your heart and your brain.

HDL, on the other hand, are the good guys, the "heroes" that fight the lethal guys. This number should be above 40 for men and above 50 for women. Dr. Furman says to think of the HDL particles as patrol cars that cruise through your blood looking for lethal LDL cholesterol, and when the LDL is located, it is thrown into the back seat of the patrol car and disposed of through the liver.

Your total cholesterol should not be higher than 200, and the LDL/HDL ratio should be below 3.5.

The two main ways you keep your LDL low and your HDL high are through diet and exercise. The rest of the book goes into what to eat and how much to exercise. It is very informative. I'd recommend that you read the book, especially if you are over 50. And get your lipid panel checked if you haven't done that in awhile. Spoiler alert - you may never want to eat cheese again.

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