Do you love eating pizza?

Putting a lot of butter on your chapatti?

Well, here’s heartbreaking news for you. These food items are high on cholesterol level!

Your heart might be at a risk at all times. However, your cholesterol level determines how prone you are to heart diseases. Many doctors nowadays believe in determining non-HDL cholesterol level than calculating cholesterol ratio as they think it is more useful.

How to calculate cholesterol ratio?

Calculate your cholesterol ratio by dividing your high-density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol number by your total cholesterol number. The optimal ratio should be somewhere less than 3.5 to 1. A higher ratio than this would mean that you are at a risk of heart disease.

What is Non-HDL cholesterol?

Question arises as to what is Non-HDL cholesterol. Well, it simply implies that when you subtract your HDL (high-density lipoprotein) from the total cholesterol number, you will get the “bad” type of cholesterol or the Non-HDL cholesterol.  The optimum level should be less than 130 milligrams per decilitre. The higher the cholesterol level, the higher the risk of heart disease.

Why is it so important?

Cholesterol is not something that’s going to remain in your body at one place. It is carried throughout your body and circulated in your blood stream. By maintaining a healthy cholesterol level, you can keep your heart healthy. The cholesterol won’t build-up near your arteries to block the flow and cause heart issues. It is believed HDL carries LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver. There it is broken down and passed from the body. It’s good to have a low LDL cholesterol level as it is considered to be good for your heart health. It is also advised not to have a diet that is high in saturated and trans-fat because it can raise the LDL cholesterol level.

Our cholesterol level must be kept in check from time to time and heart diseases should be kept at bay. For any heart related problems, get in touch with expert Apollo Cardiologists.

 

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