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How to control cholesterol?

   When people talk about diseases of the cardio-vascular system, they always end up mentioning cholesterol. It is true that each person needs a certain amount of cholesterol and one's organism produces the amount one needs all by itself. But when the cholesterol level exceeds the acceptable norm, it turns into the accursed enemy. And from this moment on, a person with common sense will begin looking for a way to drive the foe from the territory which it has conquered. If you have a lot of cholesterol in your blood, tiny particles will accumulate along the walls of the blood vessels. As a result of such accumulations, the arterial openings are narrowed and begin to block the normal flow of blood through the body's passageways. All of this recalls the pipes of a plumbing system when they get clogged with junk. Sooner or later the arteries of the heart or the brain become obstructed, which in turn leads to serious complications, such as a heart attack, stroke, or even death. This is why it is extremely important to know how much cholesterol you have in your blood. Three factors are to be evaluated: the overall level of cholesterol, as well as the levels of good and bad cholesterol. If after the analysis it turns out that everything is in order, great, we'll go on to the explanation of your future risk factors for a high cholesterol level. There already exist methods which make it possible to predict what your or your children's cholesterol level might be in the near future, as well as in the mid-range or even far into the future. If it is demonstrated on the basis of this investigation that there are no threatening signs for your health - just maintain your healthy lifestyle and live to your heart's content. But, if the indices of general and bad cholesterol are higher than the norm, and good cholesterol is lower than the norm, which would indicate the development of pathological or near-pathological processes, then strategies and tactics for prophylactic treatment and responses must be determined. The blood cholesterol level can be brought within the normal range in a number of ways: 1) proper nutrition, 2) specific physical exercises, 3) normalization of body weight and 4) special medication, if necessary.

What is meant by proper nutrition?
   Usually you get general recommendations such as: eat more fruits and vegetables, eat whole-grain bread and cereals, buy non-fat dairy products, lean meats, fish, etc. In addition to this, we use methods which allow one to develop individual prophylactic and therapeutic diets, including anti-cholesterol diets, for various illnesses. At the same time, all possible associated health problems are taken into account, for example, diabetes and hypertension. A strictly individual approach to the composition of balanced nutrition, without which any attempt to normalize cholesterol levels or body weight will be unsuccessful, is rather difficult. You won't manage it without a computer! All the objective information about the condition of the patient's health, his/her food preferences, his/her habits, etc., are logged into the computer. As a result, a detailed, strictly verified program of balanced nutrition and vitamin supplements is achieved.

What sort of exercise do you need?
   One usually receives an answer to this question along these lines: exercise 3-4 times a week for 20-30 minutes, and that walking, running, biking and swimming are good for you. However, the real issue is that without physical exertion of sufficient force (specialists call this "optimal load") it is impossible to achieve lower blood cholesterol levels, to strengthen the heart, the muscular system or the connective tissues. At the same time, incorrectly selected exercises and weights can do more harm than good.

Do you need to lose weight?
   If you have excess weight, then losing a few pounds is absolutely necessary in order to lower your blood cholesterol levels. The only question is how much and how quickly you will be able to do this - and how much you feel you really need to do this. The fact is that many people who are heavyset consider themselves to be fat, although their weight is actually within the relative norm. In other words, it happens sometimes that someone's muscular mass is sufficiently large (and muscles are heavier than fat), but, since the muscles are covered with a perhaps insignificant layer of fat, the impression is created that the person is overweight. It is necessary to clarify the relative percentages of muscle and fat in the body. If a man's fat tissue, for example, constitutes 20 percent of his overall body mass, we don't see that as too fat, even if the overall body weight exceeds the height-weight norm.

When should one take medication?
   Perhaps your attempts to eat right, to exercise and to lose weight don't get positive results due to incorrect advice. Or perhaps your own lack of drive or organization defeats your efforts! Or perhaps, despite the fact that you're doing everything right, still your cholesterol level isn't reduced. In that situation a cholesterol -reducing prescription is the only way. But in this case, the choice of medication must not be made without taking into account associated illnesses and many other factors which influence production of cholesterol by the body itself.

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