What is a healthy level for my cholesterol?

By September 15, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Did you know that approximately half of all adult Australians have a blood cholesterol level above 5 mmol/l? This means that high blood cholestrol is a major health concern in Australia.

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential to many of the human body’s metobolic processes, including the making of hormones, bile and Vitamin D. What the body is great at when it comes to cholesterol is making it’s own – so you don’t need to give it any help.

Cholesterol is produced by the liver and most cells in the body and is carried around our blood by lipoproteins, helping to build the structure of cell membranes, facilitate hormones and other essential activities.

What some people don’t realise is that there are two types of cholesterol – LDL and HDL. HDL are the good guys and LDL are the bad guys.

Eating foods high in saturated fats can increase the amount of LDL cholesterol in your body and ultimately lead to coronary heart disease.

So, what is a healthy level of cholesterol to have in your body?

 Health authorities recommend that cholesterol levels should be no higher than 5.5 mmol per litre if there are no other risk factors present.

Other risk factors include pre-existing cardiovascular disease, smoking and high blood pressure to name a few. If such risk factors are present then the recommended LDL levels should be below 2 mmol/l.

The liver is the main processing centre for cholesterol and dietary fat. When we eat animal fats, the liver transports the fat, together with cholesterol in the form of lipoproteins, into our bloodstream.

The over consumption of fatty foods, often from animal products, can lead to a build up of fatty deposits within the artieries of the body.

It important to know the level of cholesterol in your blood and considering the statistics there is 1 in 2 chance that Australians have a blood cholesterol level that is too high. 

To have your cholestrol checked, book an appointment at our Figtree Medical Centre to make sure your cholestrol is at a safe level. You can also take the opportunity to have a chat with your GP about some preventative health and lifestyle tips to ensure your future is a LDL cholesterol free future.