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Cholesterol Risk Calculator

Cholesterol Risk Calculator: This tool uses your various lipoprotein “cholesterol” saturation levels in order to assess your risk of cardiovascular illness.​

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The cholesterol risk calculator uses your various lipoprotein “cholesterol” saturation levels in order to assess your risk of cardiovascular illness, depending on whether they are within the normal range. rapid assessment of the cholesterol levels to see whether these are in the normal range.

Cholesterol itself is a vital fatty substance circulating in our bodies, which is a precursor in the production of hormones and contributes to the stability of the cell membranes. Since it is a fat it is not water-soluble and cannot dissolve in your blood and thus requires a carrier protein. This cholesterol combined with a carrier protein is called a carrier protein.

The two types of lipoproteins are High-Density Lipoproteins (HDL) and Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL). HDL is often seen as the “good” cholesterol. This complex travels through the bloodstream away from the heart and towards the liver to dispose of unnecessary cholesterol. It thus tends to carry cholesterol away from arteries, and thus higher levels of HDL can help prevent arterial clogging and decrease the risk for heart disease or stroke. LDL is often seen as the “bad” cholesterol because of its tendency to deposit on the blood vessel walls, which can lead to clogging and thus impede the path of blood on its way back to the heart. This is especially dangerous in the coronary arteries where an impairment in blood supply to the heart can lead to a heart attack. Triglycerides are the preferred fat storage form in the body. They are used for energy, especially by the muscles. High triglyceride levels are frequently associated with high total cholesterol and may contribute to an increase of heart disease risk.

You will see that the level of risk you have is dependent not only on the absolute values for each type of cholesterol but also on the ratios between these types.

By knowing your cholesterol risk you can thus consult with your doctor or therapist about making changes to your lifestyle in order to lower this risk of cardiac illness. Sometimes statins may be prescribed to lower this risk, although they can come with their own side effects. In many cases though, lifestyle changes can make a profound difference to your cholesterol levels, including things like consuming less daily calories, increasing exercise, reducing calorie intake of foodstuffs that are high sugar / high GI or high in saturated fat, and eating more healthy foods that tend to help increase HDL levels.

Disclaimer: Please note that none of these wellness tools or assessments are designed to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. ALWAYS consult with the correct healthcare practitioner before taking new supplements or medications, and before making any lifestyle changes such as alterations to your diet or exercise schedule. There is no substitute for one-on-one consultations with qualified healthcare practitioners. If any action is considered based on these tools it should be merely to help you decide to take the necessary step to contact your doctor or another healthcare practitioner in order to get an accurate diagnosis and/or treatment plan.

 

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