Despite of the fact that cholesterol is necessary for human beings, elevated levels of it in blood have been connected to damage cardiovascular system. Many believe that there are much more important factors to worry about than high cholesterol in blood, then there is also the concern that various cholesterol medications can cause health problems. With that said statistics show that the use of statins within the last 20 years has decreased the rate of death from heart attacks, however, whether it was successful at decreasing heart attacks themselves still not clear.
Cholesterol exists in dietary sources that have connections with animals, like meats, cheese eggs, milk etc. breastmilk contains cholesterol as well. Plant sources do not contain cholesterol, or at least not significant amount of cholesterol can be found in them. The general plan for cholesterol reduction includes dietary and lifestyle changes and likely medication is the former means don't bring the preferable results. It is strongly recommended to use exercise and healthy diet as primary means for reducing cholesterol levels, not only such changes reduce cholesterol, they also benefit the cardiovascular health in many ways, some of which are statistically apparent, however, are not yet scientifically explained. Additionally, the concerns about cholesterol medication are another reason to use these methods as primary plan for reducing cholesterol levels and triglycerides levels.
Testing of cholesterol levels is performed by lipid profile, which is basically a test or blood sample, which is performed after 12 hour fasting. This test is recommended to pass for everybody over 19 years old. The test results return LDL, HDL, Triglycerides & total cholesterol levels. Depending on the lipid profile practitioner makes a decision whether a treatment is necessary, and if so, provides necessary instructions and prescribes medication if necessary.
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