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How Lipid Management Leads To Overall Better Health

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Lipids are fats. Lipids in your blood are normal, except when they are elevated. Elevated lipids in your blood are measured through cholesterol screenings, and levels that are too high lead to a variety of diseases that could be deadly. Ergo, lipid management leads to overall better health. Here is how lipid management does that.

Lower Cholesterol (Lipids) Means Less Atherosclerosis

When your LDL (low density lipoproteins or "bad" cholesterol) is high, you have an increased risk of developing fatty plaques in your arteries. The fatty plaques build up, narrowing the openings through which your blood can travel. This is known as atherosclerosis. If you lower your LDL cholesterol level, you lower your overall score, and you lower your risk of developing clogged arteries.

Less Atherosclerosis Means Fewer Aneurysms, Lower Blood Pressure, and Lower Risk for Heart Attacks

Atherosclerosis is the first step towards a host of potentially lethal health problems. Reducing your arterial plaques and using medication to break up the plaques you do have means that your blood is able to move and circulate easier. Blood that moves and circulates easier means that your elevated blood pressure drops, because your heart is working less to push the blood through.

With next to no fatty plaque in your blood vessels, you have less risk for aneurysms, which are weakened blood vessels that burst under the pressure of your blood and the almost completely blocked vessel. When these things are no longer at risk, your heart is no longer at risk of a heart attack. It does not have to work as hard, it will not enlarge because it is not pumping with greater force, and it will not seize up and stop when you least expect it.

Lower Cholesterol Is Also Good for Your Brain

Studies have shown that overweight people with high cholesterol experience greater risk of dementia later in life. Your brain has been exposed to fatty plaques, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. These directly impact the amount of oxygen your brain receives, which it badly needs to live and function properly. Brain cells die without the necessary amount of oxygen and are replaced by the brain with cells that cannot think or transmit information.

You may be able to extend the health and life of your brain (and subsequently yourself) by managing your blood lipids now. See your doctor to test for high cholesterol levels and see what steps you can take, in your diet, with your medical preventions, or otherwise, to stop these diseases and ultimately extend death.