A healthy cholesterol level gives less chance of cardiovascular disease. In general, the following values apply. Total cholesterol is the healthiest between 5 and 5.5, LDL below 3 and the HDL above 1.5.
The risk of cardiovascular disease is not only determined by the cholesterol level. Your lifestyle also influences this. Do you suffer from overweight, high blood pressure or are you a smoker? These are all risk factors. Through a healthy lifestyle you tackle a higher cholesterol level and you can regulate this.
A healthy lifestyle includes:
- Eat healthier: Eat less and use less saturated fat.
- Diets: Lower your fat level, especially belly fat.
- Exercise: Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, a pedometer is a good indication to keep track of whether at least 10,000 steps are achieved.
- Smoking: Stopping smoking, smoking is disastrous for the health of blood vessels.