The body converts any calories it does not use into triglycerides. This is Han stored in fat cells and then hormones release triglycerides for energy in between meals. (The Mayo Clinic www. Monoclinic. Com) Cholesterol is a waxy, fat like substance found in all cells of the body and some foods. Cholesterol has four main functions: 1 . Cholesterol contributes to the structure of cell walls. 2. Cholesterol makes bile acids in the intestine to help with digestion. 3. Allows the body to produce vitamin D.
. Allows the body to make hormones. (Medical News Today www. Indiscriminately. Com) Cholesterol is produced in the liver and small amounts are made by the lining of the small intestine and individual cells of the body There are two types of lepidopterist that carry cholesterol to and from cells are OLD (low density liberation) and HAD (high density liberation): OLD is considered the bad cholesterol because it contributes to plaque which is a thick, hard substance that can clog arteries.
HAD is considered the good cholesterol because helps to remove OLD, the bad cholesterol away from the arteries and move it to the liver where it is broken down than passed through the body. (American Heart Association www. Heart. Org) Mr.. Brown was concerned about his cholesterol being borderline high and seed about medications he could take because he did not want to change his diet and exercise which is nonexistent. I explained to Mr.. Brown that there are medications he can take to treat high cholesterol, but often life style changes like eating better, maintaining or losing weight and daily exercise are best. Old Mr.. Brown that he should cut down on saturated fats, which is found in fatty meats, whole milk dairy products like cheese, ice cream and butter. I told Mr.. Brown he should also cut down on trans-fat, calories and high cholesterol foods like egg yolks, shrimp and organ meats. Mr.. Brown was still hesitant about making lifestyle changes so I discussed with him the certain Stating medications he could take such as Creator, Lesson, Lipton, Embrace and Cord.
He wanted to know how Stating medications work and I explained to him they work by blocking certain enzymes that helps make cholesterol and that they can lower his OLD by 20-55%. I also explained to Mr.. Brown that there are of course side effects to taking medications such as muscle aches, increase in liver enzymes, headaches, drowsiness, difficulty sleeping, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping or pain, bloating and gas, diarrhea, instigation and rashes. (Disabled World www. Disabled-world. Com) In my opinion Mr..
Brown would benefit more by naturally lowering his cholesterol by making lifestyle changes. The benefits of naturally lowering cholesterol are greater than taking medications due to the extensive list of side effects. I explained to Mr.. Brown that he should not worry. That all he has to do is follow doctors order, make small changes to his diet, not smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol will lower his cholesterol and reduce his risk of heart attack or stroke and improve his quality of life. I asked Mr..
Brown to slowly start to make these lifestyle changes and to give them a chance to work, for it could take several months. If Mr.. Brown is unable or unwilling to make these changes we can discuss putting him on medication to lower his cholesterol. However, I stressed to Mr.. Brown that it will be more beneficial for Mr.. Brown’s overall health to make these lifestyle changes than taking medication every day for the rest of his life.
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