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Hyperlipidemia is another name for having high cholesterol. A lipid is a fat which is in your blood. You may have also heard them called cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL or HDL. These are all terms to refer to lipids. If you have Hyperlipidemia, you have too much of the bad type of fat, called LDL cholesterol. This fat deposits in your arteries, narrows them and causes blockages. Another facet of Hyperlipidemia is having not enough of the good type of fat, called HDL cholesterol. HDL is good because it works to remove the bad type from your arteries and carries it to your liver to be removed form your body.
Hyperlipidemia can lead to your having an increased risk for heart disease: heart attacks and strokes. Controlling your cholesterol level will reduce these risks.
Unfortunately, high cholesterol usually does not have any symptoms. That is why your doctor will need to do a blood test to determine your level, if you have other risk factors, such as obesity, smoking or a sedentary lifestyle. Your test will show if you have a cholesterol problem. Then your doctor can recommend treatment to keep you healthy!
Treatment of Hyperlipidemia is a four-step process:
The Four Steps include:
Limit saturated fats and trans fats that you eat
Being sedentary lowers the good HDL cholesterol.
Regular exercise – 40 minutes, 3 times weekly raises it.
♥ No Smoking
Smoking lowers the good HDL cholesterol. Don’t smoke
and avoid secondhand smoke.
♥ Weight Control
Being overweight raises bad LDL cholesterol and lowers
good HDL cholesterol. Weight loss changes that.
Additional Treatment may include:
♥ Cholesterol Medication
Medications can be used in conjunction with the four steps
above to lower your cholesterol.