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Monitoring the Results of Your Low Cholesterol Diet
© 2005 , Frank Mangano

So, you’ve been told by your doctor that you need to lower cholesterol. That means eating a healthy, low cholesterol diet rich in vitamins and minerals proven effective. But how can you know if the low cholesterol diet you have been on is really doing the job? The results of a blood test are the way to find out if all your efforts paying off.

First of all, a good level for total cholesterol is anything below 200 mg/dL – the lower the better. This means that there is less than 200 milligrams of cholesterol per deciliter of blood. A simple, fasting blood test not only measures the LDL cholesterol – the type of cholesterol you should lower if it is above 100-120 mg/dL, but it will also tell you the levels of your HDL cholesterol – the good kind. HDL levels should be above 40 mg/dL. To fast, you should not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before blood is drawn.

The ratio of LDL to HDL cholesterol is just as important as the level of each since HDL helps regulate LDL cholesterol. A low cholesterol diet can help you achieve that balance, and is a necessary part of lowering cholesterol whether or not you take prescription drugs.

Blood testing should be completed every year, depending on how high your cholesterol is. If you are in the stage of critically high, you will want to work to lower cholesterol immediately and may want to monitor it with a blood test every 6 months for the first couple of years. There are no symptoms, good or bad, to tell you if you have been successful in lowering cholesterol through dietary changes. You will have to get a blood test for definitive results. To learn more about a low cholesterol diet, get The 60 Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.

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