Many people visit the doctor only to know how to check the cholesterol level. The common question asked is cholesterol level human body how to check? Cholesterol plays a major role in a person’s heart health. High blood cholesterol is a high risk factor for coronary heart diseases and a stroke. Hence it is important for all people to know their cholesterol levels. They should also learn about other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
For testing your cholesterol level, a small sample of blood will be taken out from your arm. Your blood sample is then examined by a laboratory. Your doctor will tell you if you need to fast, usually nine to twelve hours before your blood test. If you have eaten something when the blood sample is drawn, then only the values for total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol will be usable. That is because the amount of LDL “bad” cholesterol level and triglycerides are affected by what you have just eaten. Your test report will show your cholesterol level in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). Your doctor has to interpret your cholesterol numbers based on other risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure. Your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels will be needed to determine your treatment plan if your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or greater, or if your HDL is less than 40 mg/dL. If you had eaten something during your first test, your doctor might send you for another test.
Healthy recipes to bring down bad cholesterol
Two healthy recipes which can help to bring down bad cholesterol are avocado tomato salad and tofu and vegetable stir fry. For making avocado tomato salad you need avocados, olive oil and walnuts, all these contain heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats that help fight bad cholesterol. 1 avocado, cut into tubes; 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges; ¼ red onions, thinly sliced and a handful of walnuts should be mixes together in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and ½ teaspoon of chopped oregano. Then you need to put avocado, tomatoes, onions and walnuts into a big bowl add dressing and toss well.
For making tofu and vegetable stir-fry you will need antioxidant-rich vegetables which are full of fiber. Fiber helps to eliminate cholesterol from the body. Soy-based tofu also helps to lower cholesterol levels and it can be used as a substitute for protein. You will need 5 stalks of bok choy, cut lengthwise; 1 red pepper, sliced; 1 carrot, sliced; 1 slab of firm tofu, cut into cubes; 3 cloves of garlic, chopped; 1 tablespoon of vegetarian oyster sauce; salt and pepper. You need to coat wok with sesame oil, add chopped garlic and saute until light brown, add tofu and vegetables, followed by oyster sauce and sauté 3 to 5 minutes. Then you need to add salt and pepper to taste, and remove from wok to prevent overcooking.
Cholesterol Level Chart :
|Blood Cholesterol Level Chart||Desirable||Borderline (high)||High Risk|
|Total Cholesterol||< 200||200-240||> 240|
|Triglycerides||< 150||150-500||> 500|
|Low Density Cholesterol (LDC)||< 130||130-160||> 240|
|High Density Cholesterol (HDC)||> 50||50-35||< 35|