Cholesterol has a bad reputation. And while much of the discussion goes around its negative effects, the truth is that it serves several important purposes in the body. The ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol is very important. And too much ‘bad’ cholesterol can lead to increased risk of heart diseases.
A simple cholesterol blood test in Croydon at Anna Pharmacy will measure your cholesterol levels and detect any issues that require treatment to prevent severe health conditions in the future.While high cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, you can do plenty to lower it. Keep reading to know more.
The Link Between Cholesterol and Heart Disease
Cholesterol is not inherently bad; your body actually needs it to make vitamins and hormones and also to build cells. It is broken down into two types:
1. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (aka “bad” cholesterol) which can build up and block arteries.
2. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (aka “good” cholesterol) which helps remove other forms of cholesterol from the bloodstream.
When you have too much “bad” cholesterol (high cholesterol), it can pose a problem by causing plaque to build in the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow. This can cause heart disease if left untreated.
Standard cholesterol tests and more advanced cholesterol blood tests with fasting are the best way for your GP to check your cholesterol levels.
Who Should Get a Cholesterol Blood Test?
You should get regular cholesterol blood tests if you:
· Are over 40 years of age.
· Have a family history of high cholesterol and heart disease.
· Are at high risk due to your weight, lifestyle, or other health conditions.
Anna Pharmacy offers private cholesterol blood tests in Sutton, Croydon, and Wallington that can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease
High cholesterol is one of several risk factors for heart disease, the others include obesity, diabetes, smoking, and high blood pressure.
The good news? Simple lifestyle changes and medication can lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
Follow these simple lifestyle changes to help reduce your cholesterol levels:
· Eat a heart-healthy diet.
· Exercise regularly.
· Maintain a healthy weight.
· Reduce stress.
· Quit smoking.
· Limit alcohol.
· Take cholesterol medications as prescribed.
Anna Pharmacy is here to support you on your journey to good health. Keep your heart and body healthy with regular cholesterol tests in Wallington, Sutton, or Croydon. Click here to schedule your appointment today