As 20somethings, we should really pay attention to our general health. Not just the abs, glutes and sexual health, but you know, little things, like high cholesterol levels. As we get older and adult things become important, we may get more regular check-ups, and start to notice that the inside is even more important than the outside.
But why wait? As the saying goes – “prevention is better than a cure,” so lets learn a little more about this cholesterol thing and learn how to avoid being one philly cheesesteak away from a hospital trip:
- By chemical structure, cholesterol is classified as a steroid alcohol
- It comes from two sources: ingested foods and natural production in the liver
- Your body actually needs it to function properly
- There are two main types of Cholesterol: HDL (High-Density Lipoprotein) “Good Cholesterol” and LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) “Bad Cholesterol.”
Why is it bad?
- It isn’t all bad, but high levels of LDL can clog blood vessels. This can lead to all types of heart and circulatory issues.
How to fix it?
- Being aware of it while you’re a 20something is one the best ways to even prevent high cholesterol from happening. After the age of 20, it’s recommended that you get your cholesterol checked at least once every 5 years.
- “A bowl of cheerios a day keeps the cardiologist away.” Eating foods high in soluble fiber is a great way to lower high cholesterol or prevent cholesterol buildup. A great soluble fiber source is whole grain.
- Fish, fruits and veggies
- Not-so-guilty pleasures: red wine and dark chocolate are actually two indulgences that help lower levels of bad cholesterol.
- Exercise: Part of lowering high cholesterol is decreasing overall body fat, so along with all dietary changes, make sure you stick to your exercise plan as well.