Hyperlipidemia refers to a condition in which quantities of lipids (fats) in the blood are excessive. Hypercholesterolemia is a type of hyperlipidemia, signifying elevated levels of LDL in the blood.
Simple blood tests are available to measure cholesterol levels in adults. Where high cholesterol is determined, making certain lifestyle changes is highly recommended:
- Quit smoking. Tobacco smoke reduces HDL levels, and dramatically increases the chance of coronary heart disease.
- Manage weight levels. LDL levels are higher for people who are overweight or obese. Even moderate weight loss can help reduce bad cholesterol.
- Increase exercise. A moderate level of physical activity can ensure ample levels of HDL in the blood.
- Heart healthy nutrition. The American Heart Association encourages a diet with high levels of poultry, fish, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, and lower levels of red meat, whole milk dairy products, and saturated fat.
Charter Home Health’s caregivers can help ensure that patients are able to plan meals that promote healthy levels of cholesterol and therefore improved long term health outcomes.