Health Conditions : Cholesterol

When you have your cholesterol checked you should be given figures for HDL and LDL cholesterol and the ratio between them. This information is very useful to understand as it gives you a much better picture of your health than just the total cholesterol figure. Your blood is a water-based transport system and since fats and water do not mix, fats are attached to a protein carrier in order to gain access into the blood. Cholesterol is carried in the blood as two substances – High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), and the ratio between the two plays a part in healthy blood pressure maintenance. HDLs represent cholesterol which is being carried from body cells to the liver for excretion. LDLs represent cholesterol that is being carried from the liver to body cells for metabolism. LDLs are very sticky and push blood pressure up, so keeping LDLs to be fewer than HDLs is an important part of blood pressure management.

Statins are often prescribed to help lower cholesterol, especially if there is a family history of heart disease.

Statin medication reduces your CoQ10 levels by up to 40% in just 2 months.

Muscle pain is the main side effect clients experience when taking statins.


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