Sunday, January 23, 2011

How exercise can help your cholesterol

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If you've been just diagnosed with high cholesterol levels, or, if you have had cholesterol issues in the past and are taking medication, what are some that you can do to help bring it under control?  Well, exercise is a great way to start.


Let's see how.

Exercise and  cholesterol

Regular exercise helps to lower cholesterol in two ways:

1. HDL (high density lipoproteins) the"good cholesterol" are increased with exercise.  HDL cholesterol is thought to be beneficial in helping to cleanse the blood vessel clogging LDL cholesterol.

2.LDL (low density lipoproteins) the "bad cholesterol" are decreased with regular exercise.  LDL is the blood vessel clogging cholesterol that hardens and interferes with blood flow to the heart thus resulting in possible angina and heart disease.

What types of exercise are beneficial?

According to Patrick McBride, MD, MPH, Director of the Preventive  Cardiology Program and Cholesterol Clinic at the University of Wisconsin Medicine and Public Health, consistent and regular exercise can decrease triglycerides by 30% - 40% and can boost HDL by 6-8 mg/dl.
Of course, your efforts are augmented by combining this with a good and sound eating program.

Dr. McBride recommends a combination of exercises at least 30 minutes per day.  You might develop your program as follows:

Aerobic - to increase the heart rate.
Strength building - build muscles
Flex training - to become limber and increase agility.

Also, in addition to seeing improvements in your cholesterol, your regular exercise program will help with blood pressusre control, weight control, mood elevation, and in the overall strengthening of the heart.

Cholesterol ranges:

Total cholesterol - under 200mg/dl
HDL - 60mg/dl
LDL - under 100mg/dl

Source:

"Lower your cholesterol with exercise" http://www.webmd.com/


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