Mostly commonly affecting the older generations, 6 in 10 people in the UK have abnormal cholesterol levels often caused by lifestyle factors such as a poor diet or lack of exercise. Along with improving these factors, effective prescription medication like Simvastatin, Crestor and Lescol can be best way to lower high cholesterol levels if exercise and a better diet alone aren't having the desired effect.
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Cholesterol consists of lipids, a fatty substance produced by the liver and derived from the fat in the food we eat. These lipids perform a very important function in your body, as they make up a big part of all the cell membranes in your body as well as isolating nerve fibres. They are also vital in the production of sex and steroid hormones and bile acids which are important in digestion and the absorption of fats.
Cholesterol can't move in the bloodstream on its own, but needs to be transported by molecules known as lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins, namely high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). High levels of HDL are good for you, whereas high levels of LDL aren't good for you and can result in future health problems.
The reason for this classification is that LDL transports cholesterol to the cells to use. However, if there is too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up in your blood and can cause your arteries to harden. HDL takes cholesterol away from the cells to the liver where it can be broken down and excreted.
There are various factors that can increase your risk of developing high cholesterol, most of which are treatable and even preventable.
One of the main causes of high cholesterol are lifestyle factors including eating foods containing high levels of saturated fats such as red meat, pork sausages, hard cheese, butter, lard, pastry, cakes, biscuits and cream, etc. If you are obese or overweight you are more likely to have higher levels of LDL in your blood. Not exercising can also cause in increase in LDL levels.
Existing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney or liver disease or an underactive thyroid gland can all result in a rise of high cholesterol. Treating these conditions can often be helpful in reducing LDL levels.
Some people may be genetically predisposed to high cholesterol, something that is known as hypercholesterolaemia, which affects every one in 500 people. Blood cholesterol levels also increase with age.
A high level of 'bad' cholesterol isn't a problem on its own but can cause many other health issues such as the narrowing of your arteries (atherosclerosis), heart attack or stroke. If high cholesterol is allowed to build up and clog arteries it can prevent blood carrying oxygen from reaching your brain, heart and other parts of your body. It can also increase your risk of developing blood clots or coronary heart disease (blockage of blood supply to the heart).
The best way to treat or prevent high levels of LDL in your blood is by watching your diet and exercise regimes – by becoming more active and eating foods that aren't high in saturated fat. Doing this can make a big difference in reducing high cholesterol levels by assisting the production of 'good' cholesterol in your system. Prescription treatments known as statins are also available to treat high cholesterol. These treatments work to lower the concentration of LDL in your blood, but should only be considered if you've already made adjustments to your lifestyle and had little or no success, or if you have cardiovascular disease.
High cholesterol is becoming increasingly more common and can place a patient at risk of a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease. Luckily it can be managed with medication such as Simvastatin, Crestor and Fluvastatin, all of which are approved by UK registered doctors and are clinically proven to effectively lower cholesterol levels significantly. They achieve this by assisting the production of 'good' cholesterol. Any of these treatments can be obtained quickly and safely by completing our simple online consultation, where a UK registered doctor can decide if it's the right treatment for you.Click here to find the right treatment for you