Cholesterol can be a bit of a dirty word for a lot of people, as high cholesterol is associated with heart disease and stroke. What some people don’t understand about their health is that there are two types of cholesterol, one that indicates a risk to your health and one that is indicative of a lower risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. The key to being in better health is to achieve the proper balance of these two cholesterol types. A new study has shown that there is a connection between achieving that proper balance and adding a tasty snack into your daily diet. Researchers at Penn State University conducted a study that shows a positive correlation in healthy cholesterol balance among people who eat 43 grams of almonds, which amounts to a small handful, every day.
What Is The Key To A Proper Cholesterol Balance?
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring, waxy, fat-like material in the body that is both produced by the body and found in some foods. There are two types of cholesterol. LDL, which is sometimes referred to as “bad cholesterol” and HDL, which is commonly known as the “good cholesterol.” High cholesterol refers to the condition when you have too much of the substance in your body. You should aim for a lower level of LDL and a higher level of HDL to achieve the proper balance. Certain foods, like almonds, as researched by Penn State, have been found to not only boost the HDL levels, but can also help lower LDL levels.
How Can I Achieve This Balance?
At TrustCare, we encourage our patients to understand the two types of cholesterol and have tests run to determine what your current levels are. There are several factors that can determine these numbers, including family history and age, which you, of course, can’t control. Factors within your control include maintaining a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fat, as well as being low in cholesterol. Maintaining a good exercise routine and a healthy weight is also key. Understanding your body’s current levels can help you to focus on lowering your LDL and raising your HDL.
Schedule a heart screening at the TrustCare Heart Clinic to find out more about your cholesterol levels and how you can regulate yours. A basic screening is available for only $25! In the meantime, next time you’re looking for a snack, stop by the almond aisle.