Cholesterol Risk Factors
Cholesterol Risk Factors the Risk Factors for High Cholesterol you might say that you are very well learned with the risks of heart disease; especially with the high amount of information that is available on this subject. But risk factors for high cholesterol, are a completely different story altogether. You may be wondering what they are. You are wondering what they have to do with you. The first thing that needs to be said is in identifying what they are.
Some are part of your diet such as fast foods, chips, soft drinks, candy bars, refined sugars, butter cream, fried cheese, fried dough, and cotton candy. These are the ones you can control with a great deal less effort than you think. You grew up eating these things. They are familiar to you, and they are your comfort foods. However, you should be warned that they will kill you if you let them. Some risk factors for high cholesterol are part of your normal everyday lifestyle. (“Cholesterol Risk Factor | Intellectual Parent”)
Weight problems, smoking, alcohol abuse, and laziness are all another part of your daily life structure. Some of these are health conditions you did not choose for yourself as they were handed down from your parents. However, they are still there and can destroy you. Diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, hyperthyroidism is just some of the dangers that these foods invoke. Some specific prescription drugs can also destroy you. Blood pressure medicine (such as clonidine and methyldopa), diuretics (water pills), anabolic steroids, beta blockers, and progestins can all cause harmful or even fatal complications. All these risk factors for high cholesterol affect you in diverse ways, but I assure that they do affect you (“Cholesterol Risk Factor | Intellectual Parent”)
If you want to do something about the risks, you face you must first be honest with yourself about what your problem areas are that you face them. This may sound completely obvious to you already, but self-denial is a powerful force. If your diet is too heavy in saturated fats and trans fatty acids, you will need to reduce them dramatically. If you do not exercise regularly, you should start because it is never too late. (It does not have to be two hours at the gym every day, just a mere 30-minute walk will suffice). If you take prescribed medications for other conditions, you should consult your doctor. The most important thing is to face the risks and then deal with them.
Lowering your cholesterol does not have to be the trickiest thing you do; it is necessary only that it be a main priority. In lowering your cholesterol, you are guaranteeing that you are working to prevent serious illnesses. You cannot always stop them all together, but you can combat them.
The Dangers of Cholesterol Drugs
When it comes to treating high cholesterol, you are often prescribed certain drugs by your doctors. These are called statin drugs. The statins are a specific class of drugs, which are more formally referred to as pharmaceuticals, and are used to reduce cholesterol levels. There are many accusations that are made against the use of statin drug dangers and some of these dangers include: peripheral neuropathy, muscle damage, elevated liver enzyme indices, plasma fibrinogen levels and including kidney damage. “You must remember however that these are only allegations at this point and not set in stone.” (“Cholesterol Drug Risks | Intellectual Parent”)
Some studies have been made in this area. The medical community has yet to make any definitive judgment on the allegations that are not fully corroborated studies. Some of the common complaints of side effects include memory loss, personality changes, irritability, and muscle pain. These are not occurring to all who take them, but they are occurring. (“Cholesterol Drug Risks | Intellectual Parent”) Statin drug dangers in the United States are all due to the seven statin drugs on the market. There are those that are in the fermentation group which are lovastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin. Next there are those that are in the synthetic group which are atorvastatin, Fluvastatin, Rosuvastatin and cerivastatin. Some of the brand names of these same drugs are Zocor, Lipitor and Pravachol. “Those in the fermentation group seem to be more effective in lowering LDL levels.” (“Cholesterol Drug Risks | Intellectual Parent”)
Without question there have been several deaths that have been related to the use statin drugs. Separating them, however, is in part a job for the experts and in part a challenge that is caused by the experts. (“Cholesterol Drug Risks | Intellectual Parent”) With you now knowing this, you must do more than simply read what the media reports on the deaths that are related to any specific medication. The media are journalists and newscasters, and it is not their job to diagnose the causes of deaths. “They are not medical specialists either and are therefore not equipped to do so.” (“Cholesterol Drug Risks | Intellectual Parent”) To better understand the real statin drug dangers and the implications for you, consult your physician and assess the chances of these major side effects.
If you do feel that you would benefit from using any of the drugs mentioned here for controlling your cholesterol levels, your doctor is your first place to go. If your doctor gives you the ok, you should then follow the instructions to the letter. Misusing your medication can be fatal. You should also keep following your diet and exercise plan because the drugs can only do so much to help you. In the end, you must help yourself too.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
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