As we all get a bit older it becomes prudent and normal to start giving thought to our health and our diet. Heart issues, weight management, diabetes, and dementia risks begin escalating as we age and it's no surprise that as these risks begin climbing most people try to address them by taking action and changing their diet, quitting bad habits, or even starting to exercise. In fact poor cholesterol levels even have an affect on creating some of the problems we face in old age.
It's well documented that macular degeneration is affected by obesity common in people with poor cholesterol levels. Similarly poor physical health and high cholesterol levels are also noted to be contributing causes of dementia and some sleep apnea symptoms among many other condition. Active dieting and exercise works both to drop pounds but also to improve the health and quality of the cardiovascular system. Arterial damage can even be reversed if significant changes are made.
Test Your Cholesterol Levels
If you are concerned about your heart health and have not had a test done to determine what your cholesterol levels are you should do this first so that you have a baseline for comparison. No program of self-betterment is complete without a starting point. Without a baseline reading how will you know if you lower LDL cholesterol levels or if they remain unchanged? Similarly HDL cholesterol levels work to decrease circulating LDL and thus you want more of it. Your lipid profile will give you your needed baseline readings to work from.
Once you know where you stand on your HDL-LDL cholesterol ratio you will need probably to start doing two things. You will have to start a LDL cholesterol diet aimed at decreasing the amount of LDL in your blood stream. You will also want to compliment your LDL diet with foods that support and raise HDL cholesterol levels and this will help in keeping you moving in the right direction.
LDL Cholesterol Diet
An adequate LDL diet to decrease bad cholesterol will consist of foods which contain little or none to begin with. You will stay away from many highly processed foods and decrease your consumption levels of many fatty meats. An exception to this will be the increase in your consumption levels of fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel. These fish contain oils high in omega-3's which have been shown to aid in lowering LDL cholesterol while simultaneously raising HDL cholesterol, a one-two punch for arterial health. When your levels are in balance your levels of arterial hypertension drop as fewer plaque deposits accumulate. As a result there is less systemic inflammation and lower blood pressure.
To round out a solid LDL cholesterol diet you should increase you consumption levels of almost all vegetables. The vegetables will help in filling you up while eating less meat and will also provide many nutrients and antioxidants which aid in keeping the body healthy. When your entire body is healthier elevated LDL levels are less risky. This will give you more time with less risk to manage your bad cholesterol levels lower.
There are many meal by meal LDL cholesterol diets that you can follow which can be found online and in your local book stores. If you are interested check them out otherwise use this knowledge as a basis to maintaining a decent LDL cholesterol diet at home. Keep your processed food and meat consumption minimized, increase your consumption of fish and good fats such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts, and increase your consumption of vegetables. This basic rule of thumb should be sufficient for most people who are not in dire straits. The LDL cholesterol diet is simple; follow it a live a longer healthier life.