Heart disease is statistically the greatest risk to your health, accounting for one out of every four deaths.
Both high triglycerides and high bad cholesterol numbers can increase your risk.
Dr. Kris Lindsay with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South said triglyceride levels should be less than 150.
For cholesterol, it’s important to know that there are two kinds. For the good cholesterol, HDL, higher numbers are better. Dr. Lindsay recommends HDL over 60. For bad cholesterol, LDL, Lindsay said it should be less than 100.
“For a lot of people, high triglycerides and cholesterol is a genetic cause inherited from mom and dad,” Dr. Lindsay said. “Several people can get it if they do not have a healthy diet.”
The Cardiovascular Institute of the South provides the following tips to control bad cholesterol:
- Following a heart-healthy diet such as one that eliminates trans fats, reduces saturated fats, and increases soluble fiber and omega-3 fatty acids.
- Increasing physical activity
- Quitting smoking
- Losing weight
- Taking prescription, cholesterol-lowering drugs
For more information or to book an appointment, visit www.cardio.com.