By Luisa Fernanda Montero
For La Red Hispana
One in eight US adults continues to have high cholesterol levels, according to a report released this week by the National Center for Health Statistics -CCHS- the Centers for Disease Control US -CDC.
According to the experts involved in the study, even though it is clear that many are making an effort to improve their cholesterol levels, much remains to be done.
The problem is that, as emphasized Dr. Gregg Fonarow, professor of cardiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, "... high cholesterol is one of the largest generators of heart disease." Among higher the highest levels called "bad" cholesterol in our blood, our heart disease risk or having a heart attack, said the expert quoted in the bulletin of the National Institute of Health.
The good news, he says, is that it is shown that the application of certain treatments and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle - where the diet is crucial - can help reduce the risks.
And, according to the American Heart Association - American Heart Association- about half of Hispanic adults with high cholesterol, unaware that they have high cholesterol and therefore don’t know what to do about it.
So, it is very important to remember that the problem of high levels of "bad" cholesterol or fat in the blood, is that the arteries can become blocked and this can cause a heart attack.
Such as high cholesterol does not produce symptoms, it is important to get tested regularly and rigorously follow medical instructions than usual and, according to the case, involve follow a specific treatment and lead a lifestyle and healthy diet.
However there are certain guidelines that can help us keep our cholesterol appropriate, such as exercising, not smoking and drastically reduce the consumption of fat, especially saturated levels.
Protein consumption is critical, meats, dairy products, almonds, beans and peas are in that group. Remember that meat should be lean, having the least possible amount of animal fat.
In any healthy diet or plant vegetables and fruits have a leading role. In some cases, especially among the elderly it is advisable to decrease the amount of sodium you eat, because according to experts, even though salt intake does not affect cholesterol levels, promotes fluid retention and negatively influences the pressure arterial.
So if you have not already done it is time to check cholesterol levels, and remember that prevention is the key. Never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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