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Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol

When it comes to cardiovascular disease, most people think that cholesterol is something to be avoided at all costs, but that’s not the case.

 
PRLog - Nov. 13, 2012 - BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that can be found in a wide variety of foods. When it comes to cardiovascular disease, most people think that cholesterol is something to be avoided at all costs, but that’s not the case. The liver actually produces 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol per day as it is necessary to produce vitamin D and hormones, build cell walls and create substances that help aid the body in the digestion process. While cholesterol is an essential substance in the function of a healthy body, not all cholesterol protects against cardiovascular disease. There are two types of cholesterol: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL).

Low-Density Lipoproteins

LDL is known as the bad cholesterol, which is problematic as most cholesterol is a part of this family, causing many cases of cardiovascular disease. This bad cholesterol circulates in the bloodstream and builds up on the walls of the arteries. White blood cells in the arteries then attempt to digest the LDL, which actually converts it into a form that is toxic to the body. Over time, the LDL cholesterol and other substances form a plaque in the walls of the arteries, causing them to narrow and reduce blood flow to the muscles and other tissues. Clots can form and block narrowed arteries or a sudden rupture of the plaque could occur, either causing a heart attack or a stroke.

People prone to cardiovascular disease should avoid saturated fats as much as possible because they raise LDL more than any other food. These fats are typically found in animal based foods including beef, poultry, egg yolks and whole milk dairy such as milk and cheese. Even worse than saturated fats are trans fats. These fats raise LDL while also lowering HDL. Avoid any labels that have the words “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated”. These will typically be found in commercial baked items, margarine, snack foods, processed foods and fried foods.

High-Density Lipoproteins

HDL is known as the good cholesterol because high levels of HDL protect against a heart attack. Having a low level of HDL, less than 40 mg, can increase the risk of heart disease, so it’s important to get a satisfactory amount in foods consumed on a daily basis.  High-density lipoproteins rid some of the cholesterol from the arteries by carrying it back to the liver, where it is processed and passed from the body, which slows arterial plaque from building to unhealthy, dangerous levels.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are great for helping to raise HDL levels. These types of fats are found in olive, peanut and canola oils, so it would be best to use one of these when cooking as opposed to a vegetable or corn oil. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish and nuts, are good for HDL levels also.

Eating the proper foods, exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help to improve cholesterol levels and overall cardiovascular health.  Dr. Madyoon, an expert in treating cardiovascular disease in Beverly Hills, has designed a comprehensive cardiovascular program that includes a biochemical analysis of the body in relation to the 3-part cardiovascular system. This advanced blood work evaluation will help Dr. Madyoon to determine with accuracy the best treatment to improve cardiovascular health.

Beverly Hills Vein and Cardiovascular Institute has been providing quality, life-saving cardiology and vein care for patients across the country. Contact Dr. Madyoon’s office online (http://bhvci.com/cardiologistinlosangeles_contact.html) or by phone at 310-289-9955 ext. 2 to schedule an appointment.

For more information on Beverly Hills Vein and Cardiovascular Institute, please visit the company’s website, at http://bhvci.com/index.html.

About Beverly Hills Vein and Cardiovascular Institute

At Beverly Hills Vein and Cardiovascular Institute, Dr. Madyoon uses an unrivaled method that breaks down the cardiovascular system into three parts and employees a comprehensive biochemical analysis of the body, providing you with the most accurate treatment for cardiovascular and venous care.

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