By: Camryn Gore
What is LDL and HDL?
Structure and Function
One may ask, "Why do doctors monitor the concentrations of LDL and HDL in patients’ blood?" and, "How are the concentrations of LDL and HDL associated with the risk for heart disease and associated disorders?"
Cholesterol Tests and Values
How can you change your LDL and HDL levels?
1. Eat heart-healthy foods- Try to eliminate trans fat from your diet and instead eat foods that are full in omega-3 fatty acids. Keep your diet low in sodium and fats and increase your fruit and veggie intake.
2. Exercise- Everyday try to at least get 30 minutes of physical activity in.
3. Quit smoking- For all you college students that think it is cool to smoke knock it off! Within 20 minutes of quitting smoking your heart rate and blood pressure decrease.
4. Lose weight- Even carrying a few extra pounds will contribute to high cholesterol.
5. Drink alcohol in moderation- To all of you older college students that like to go out and party do not drink excessively! Your HDL and LDL levels will thank you later for it.
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