Cholesterol Levels.

by Hugh J. Lara

 

Everyone has heard about the importance of monitoring cholesterol levels today. However, not everyone knows exactly what that means.

There are different numbers included in a cholesterol screening, and some need to be high while others should below.

This article will provide a comprehensive overview of cholesterol levels so you can understand your next screening at the doctor’s office a little bit better.

Cholesterol travels through the body by attaching itself to a special kind of protein. There are two types of cholesterol-protein combinations known as lipoproteins the high density and the low density.

One delivers cholesterol to the bloodstream and the other carries it away. When you are studying your levels, it is important to differentiate between the two.

One should be higher, while the other will be lower for a healthy cardiovascular system.

 

 

HDL.

 

HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein, and this is the cholesterol that helps the body get rid of “bad” cholesterols in the bloodstream.

The HDL levels should be higher since the lower number will increase your risk of cardiovascular disease.

A good target number to shoot for is 60 since cholesterol levels at 60 or higher indicate a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Anything lower than 40 puts you in a high-risk category.

 

 

LDL.

 

LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein, which delivers cholesterols into the bloodstream. While your body needs some to build cell membranes, it usually has more of this substance than it needs.

A buildup of cholesterols remains in the arteries, forming plaque that makes it harder for blood to pass through freely.

The LDL cholesterol levels should be as low as possible.

The normal levels for LDL are generally between 100 and 129, with anything lower than 100 considered ideal.

Those in the range between 130 and 159, consider borderline high and anything above 160 is in the high-risk category.

 

 

Total Cholesterol.

 

Cholesterol levels will also combine these two readings for one total number. This figure should be less than 200 to assure a healthy cardiovascular system.

Over 200 to 239 is review borderline high and should track very carefully. If the number is over 240, the patient is placed in the high-risk category for cardiovascular disease.

Understanding cholesterol levels is the first step to a healthier cardiovascular system. By monitoring on a regular schedule. You will be able to take steps to reduce cholesterol levels as soon as they begin to creep up.

 

 

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Varying Symptoms of High Cholesterol.

by Hugh J. Lara

 

High cholesterol is not entirely accurate since there are two kinds in the human body. Invariably, many refer to high levels of high LDL as having high cholesterol, which is a negative thing to have.

The symptoms of high cholesterol may vary depending on the degree of presence the LDL has in a person’s body.

 

Identifying symptoms of high cholesterol in an individual may be difficult since these are rarely seen unless the levels of LDL are high.

There are a few symptoms. Which tell-tale warning signs for the individual since many of these early signs may be being felt by the individual; not usually seen or noticed by onlookers.

The causes of high cholesterol levels, both LDL and HDL, are the kinds of foods that a person eats daily.

The food contains all kinds of substances that are processed in the digestive system; then absorbed by the body through the bloodstream and distributed to the different parts of the body as food.

 

 

Blood Testing.

 

Yearly blood testing and monitoring may be the best solution to be able to see symptoms.

What usually happens in blood work is that a certain amount of blood; about 5ml or so depending on the amount needed. Is drawn from the individual and then routinely tested. And checked to see the levels of certain substances present in the bloodstream.

The symptom of high cholesterol seen in blood work is the elevation of LDL compared to the level of HDL in the individual.

Therefore, These levels represent the amount of bad cholesterol in the bloodstream.

There is a range in which a person may consider still safe from elevated levels.

The range dictates that the level of 200 is the maximum level for most individuals for bad cholesterol.

 

 

Other Symptoms of High Cholesterol.

 

Other symptoms of high cholesterol are deposits of fats and cholesterol in the skin, sometimes, specifically near or in the eyes, hands, and feet.

Some deformation or fattening may occur in the eyes while the hands and feet may manifest nodules made of fat.

Sometimes, the fat may manifest as yellowish patterns in the hands, especially for people with light skin tone.

These symptoms of high cholesterol are often seen in people with lipid disorders. Other symptoms may be shortness of breath; difficulty breathing, Chest pains and labored movement due to the excessive deposits of fats and plaque in the arterial walls.

 

 

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The Leading Causes of High Cholesterol.

by Hugh J. Lara

 

A lot of people do not really understand the causes of high cholesterol. Most people go through life not really caring much about getting enough exercise and eating a balanced diet.

Fast-Food culture does not help either. Because fast foods are readily available, and we do not have to go through the trouble of preparing our own food; most of us succumb to the temptation of living on fast foods almost every day.

According to experts, the habit of eating fast foods can have a lot of negative effects on the body. Fast foods are not only one of the leading causes. They also cause a lot of other diseases that can be fatal to people from all walks of life.

If you are one of those people who does not really understand. Here are five things that you should look out for if you want to keep your cholesterols level normal.

 

What You Eat.

 

One of the leading causes of high cholesterol is a poor diet. Too much- saturated fat can send your level up the chart. Port, beef, veal, eggs, milk cheese and butter are pack with saturated fats that can elevate the level of your cholesterols.

Coconut oil, vegetable shortening, palm oil, cocoa butter and those delicious snacks of cookies chips. Cakes and crackers are also rich in saturated fats that cause cholesterols level.

No, you do not really have to give up all these foods totally. Just make sure that you eat them in moderation to avoid the accumulation of bad fats.

 

Your Weight.

 

Being overweight is one of the primary causes of high cholesterols. If you are tipping the bathroom scale too much, consider going on a diet and doing plenty of exercises to bring your weight down.

Now, don’t make excuses that you do not have time to go to the gym and exercise. You do not really have to go to the gym to exercise.

You can always walk and climb stairs when going to work. According to experts, climbing stairs every day burns plenty of calories so you stay healthier.

What is more interesting about walking and climbing stairs; is that you do not have to spend money to do these activities.

 

 

Your Family History.

 

According to experts, some people are naturally predisposed to high cholesterols. If your mother or father is suffering from symptoms of high cholesterols; you better watch out you too can suffer the same fate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding The Realities Of Childhood Obesity.

 

 

 

 

 

the Realities of Childhood Obesity.

By John Smi

As a child, do you remember being given a lot of food and being told to gulp down every single bit of it?  Have you encountered parents who think that fat children make healthy and happy children?  These are among the reasons for the rise of childhood obesity cases worldwide.

 

 

What is obesity?

 

Obesity means having too much fat content in the body. To describe it scientifically, obesity is distinguished by having a weight measurement and body mass index well above the norm.

It results from high amounts of calorie intake and very little expenditure of energy.

Obesity is a rapidly growing problem not only in the United States but all over the world.  A recent study has shown that in the United States alone, 65% of the population is overweight and obese.

All around the world, an estimated three hundred million adults are obese.

Fifteen percent of United States’ child population has also been reported overweight. Around the world, an estimated twenty-two million children aged five and below are overweight.

 

 

What causes childhood obesity?

 

Like any other medical condition, childhood obesity may be trigger by several factors, most often in combinations.

Obesity may either be: acquired from external factors, hereditary, caused by psychological factors, or secondary to a present condition.

  1. Acquired. This may be a result of poor eating habits and a lack of physical activities; to burn off the calorie obtained from previously ingested food help contribute to a spike in weight gain.
  1. Hereditary. Children born of obese parents are more prone to being overweight and obese themselves. This is usually brought about by shared unhealthy eating habits observed by the parents.
  1. Psychological factors. Obesity may have come secondarily to children overeating to cope with stress and/or negative emotions such as; boredom, anger, sadness, anxiety or depression.
  1. Illnesses. Various conditions such as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, depression; and other neurological concerns may lead to obesity and weight gain in children.

 

 

Are there any complications?

 

If a child continues to indulge in poor eating habits and does not engage in physical activities to burn off the calories.

Childhood obesity may develop into life-threatening complications. Including; diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, sleep problems, cancer, and other health concerns. Overweight kids are likely to grow up as overweight adults as well.

Most often than not, obese children get subject to teasing and public humiliation.

To some point, it even leads to harassment, violence and even discrimination by his family.  This causes children to grow up with low self-esteem and depression.

Furthermore, What can be done to prevent childhood obesity?

It is never a good idea to ignore signs of obesity in children.  Intervention should be taken to establish good health before your child’s obesity worsens.

 

 

Set an achievable weight-loss goal. 

 

Your goals shouldn’t be too far-fetched and should still allow room for normal growth and development.  Start small, so as not to overwhelm or discourage your child with the changes you’re planning to implement.

 

 

MANAGE YOUR CHILD’S DIET.

 

Keep a journal or diary of your child’s daily food.  This helps come up with a more accurate dietary assessment.  This food journal should be as detailed as possible.

Additionally set aside time for physical activities.

Exercise is necessary for continuous weight loss.  This also helps redistribute body fat into muscles.  Again, start small to avoid discouraging the child.  Build up exercise time slowly for better results.

In conclusion, childhood obesity is a condition that is fully reversible.  The best thing to do to avoid this kind of dilemma for your child is to set a good example.

Show them how good eating habits and a healthy lifestyle help you enjoy life more.  This is the best way to show them you care for them too.

 

 

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Helping Your Child through Childhood Obesity.

by Jillian Smith

 

A child that suffers from overweight or obesity is one that should regard as having a temporary disease.

Moreover, The obesity condition is dangerous for child health and has an effect on his social life, self-esteem, and confidence.

When you decide that you want to fight and beat childhood obesity. You should think carefully or a plan and a tactic you will use to fight this condition.

The three major keys in losing weight and having a successful diet plan are regular physical activity.

 

 

Performed on a set schedule and without exception.

 

The physical activity will encourage the child to get better. Hopefully, cause him or her to focus on activity rather than on food or the discomforts of the diet.

The next key to fighting childhood obesity is naturally a diet.  Making a diet plan should be complete after advising with a diet professional that has all the tools; and information about your child and his or her needs.

Making a realistic plan that will take a long time to complete you will gradually adopt new eating habits.

Showing the child that there are different kinds of foods; and that making the child conscious of the things they eat and their effect on weight and the body.

Increasing awareness of the effect of different foods. Is a very important thing since it clearly identifies the cause and effect relationship to the child.

 

 

Beating childhood obesity:

 

The last key for beating childhood obesity is as important and as natural as the first two.

It is slowly and gradually changing the behavior of the child; and sometimes of the whole family, the new behavior patterns can treat as rules first.

Therefore, make sure you explain why it is not good to eat candies.

And more impotently you should make sure that your child knows that from time to time; He or She can make an exception and have candy.

Do not delete and block sweets from their lives completely since this usually has the opposite effect on kids.

The behavior change is a major one and if affects all the rest of the keys mentioned here.

You should try and set rules in the beginning. If you can have a family meeting and set those rules it will be beneficial for everyone.

Therefore, making the children feel that they are setting these rules, you should encourage your kids to set rules and live by them.

When you first start you can also join their activities to show them, they are not alone.

And from time to time you could explain; how important it is to follow the rules and the benefits that are waiting at the end of the road.

 

 

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Encourage Obese Children.

 

A technique I have heard about some time ago uses imagination and positive thinking; to encourage obese children to maintain a diet and physical activity routine.

The parents have a weekly talk with the child and they go over all the last week events. Good and Bad, trying to explain what happened and why.  Not forgetting to compliment the child on his or her achievements.

Once the events analyzed and points made clear the parent and the child close their eyes and imagine. How it would be like in a month or two ahead.

With more weight loss and better fitness and daily routine, talk about all the benefits of losing weight. Like nicer clothes, better feeling, more energy, social admiration and so on.

Therefore, Just make sure that the goals are realistic and can be achieved in a month or two of hard work.

When your child achieves this you should talk to him or her and demonstrate; how belief and willpower has a real effect on life.