Know your numbers
Controlling your cholesterol level requires conscious attention to your everyday habits. Being aware of your cholesterol count is only part of the picture. Learning the difference between HDL and LDL is important. LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, contributes to plaque that can build up and clog your arteries. HDL, or good cholesterol, helps remove the LDL in your system. The higher the HDL in your body, the better.
High levels of triglycerides, which is often a result of excess weight and obesity, when combined with either a low HDL or a high LDL, can lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of plaque in the artery that can cause the blood flow to be blocked.
Monitoring your cholesterol regularly after age 20 is an essential aspect of keeping it within a safe range. Building healthy eating habits can help aid in regulating your cholesterol level. It is important to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy items as well as limiting your sodium, sugar and red meat intake. For some, medication might be recommended if diet alone does not get you to your goal cholesterol level.
Find a cardiologist to discuss your options with you.