Heart diseases are commonly known as the “silent killers” specifically because the onset of the condition is often sudden and can really kill the person. These days, it has literally become the leading cause of death worldwide and it has been among the common conditions which are preventable or can be controlled on early detection. Perhaps, a brief overview of how the condition develops and few heart disease facts would help you learn about what control and prevention you can adhere to.Read More
While half of the world is getting health conscious and paying so much attention to everything, half aren’t so concerned about what the world could become with people having high levels of cholesterol. There is an increasing number of people, mostly elders, confined to many institutions with cholesterol counts exceeding normal cholesterol levels. In fact, in America, half a million have died of coronary heart disease of which has been greatly attributed to high cholesterol levels in the blood. If you are among the people who don’t know much about cholesterol, perhaps this is a good chance for you to shift views. You need to know more about cholesterol, and how and why it has become a silent killer to men.Read More
Technically speaking, triglycerides are compounds that contain three molecules of fatty acids (thus, the ‘tri’) and one molecule of glycerin. I am sure that you are not really looking for that technical answer when asking ‘what are triglycerides?’Read More
Most people are now aware that there are different types of cholesterol. Some types are actually good for you and you want those to increase in numbers. Then there is the bad cholesterol that you want to decrease. Besides those two that we are familiar with there is now a third general class being defined as “ultra-bad” cholesterol.
There is much to be learned about this new type of cholesterol. Why is it “ultra-bad”? How is formed? How can we prevent the formation and decrease the levels of this bad cholesterol? Before we examine these questions lets first take a look at what we already know.Read More
Monitoring and learning to control cholesterol is a goal for many people that want to reduce their risk of a heart attack. However, there is not just one type of “cholesterol”. What is the difference between LDL vs. HDL cholesterol? How does each affect your health? What are good numbers for both?
While total cholesterol is important, it is more important to know what makes up that total number. The two biggest components are HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol). These are the two components that doctors are most interested in when assessing your risk of heart attack.Read More
When people discuss their cholesterol levels they are often speaking of their total cholesterol. It is ideal to have that total number down to 200 mg/dL or lower. People with a total cholesterol count of 200-239 mg/dL are considered as having borderline high risk for a heart attack. A number that is 240 mg/dL or higher is considered as high risk for heart attack.
However, as we have learned through the studies performed over the last couple decades, it is not necessarily the total cholesterol that matters, but rather how much bad cholesterol (LDL) and good cholesterol (HDL) we have. With routine blood tests, LDL cholesterol levels are not measured. Instead, total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) is measured. From these numbers we can calculate the total cholesterol to HDL ratio, which is a fast and easy way to get a clear picture of our heart attack risk.Read More