Understanding Cholesterol: Risks, Types and Natural Ways to Lower it

Understanding Cholesterol: Risks, Types and Natural Ways to Lower it

In the video, we will explore ways to lower cholesterol with Dr. Leslie Cho, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic and the head of preventive cardiology and director of the Women's Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Cho is passionate about preventing serious health issues such as heart attack, stroke, and dementia through natural ways. Cholesterol is a waxy substance necessary for forming cell membranes, but high levels can lead to serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, and dementia.

She guides us in understanding the basics of cholesterol, the different types, and the associated risks. It is important to understand the difference between "good" and "bad" cholesterol and to be aware of the other fat-like substance, Triglycerides, which also increases the risk of heart disease.

In addition to cholesterol, other chronic diseases are a major concern in healthcare costs. According to the RAND Corporation's healthcare report on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCCs), the United States spent $4 trillion on healthcare costs, with about 60% of US adults or 81% of US seniors having one or more kinds of chronic diseases. This accounts for almost 90% of the nation's healthcare budget.

To prevent these chronic diseases, it is essential that we take steps to change our lifestyle habits. Studies from institutions such as Harvard School of Public Health and Stanford Center on Longevity have revealed that following simple habits such as not smoking, not excessive drinking, regular exercise, diet, and weight control can prolong your life by 10 years or more. Sleep, stress management, social engagement, and financial security have also significantly impacted your quality of life.

The Liu Charitable Foundation's physician advisors recommend getting annual medical checkups and practicing healthy lifestyle habits such as maintaining a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, managing stress, staying socially engaged, and having financial security. Changing these lifestyle habits can lower our risk of chronic diseases and improve overall health.

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Source: Cleveland Clinic