Cholesterol: The Lower The Better

In the last guides presented in Paris a month ago, it was established that we must manage cholesterol levels according to the risk factors that each individual possesses. It is important to know that although the results in laboratories have normal parameters, the person who directs the results obtained is your GP, because he is the one who knows his complete history and the latest evidence according to international guidelines to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease .

For example, a patient without a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes is not the same, to one who has already had even cardiovascular event, be it a heart attack or stroke, the goals to obtain of cholesterol levels especially LDL (bad cholesterol) , should be as low as possible, according to the latest European guidelines, it can be up to achieve levels of 55 mg-dl, if the patient is very high risk and up to 40 mg-dl, if he has had a second event in a period of less than 2 years.

For this we have pharmacological and non-pharmacological measures, which your doctor will guide you. It is very important to take your medications as prescribed and not abandon them without prior consultation with your doctor, also add healthy habits, reduce consumption of unhealthy fats, fried foods, shellfish, instead eat more fruits, vegetables, vegetables, walk 3 a 5 times a week, consult if necessary with a nutritionist to guide you in your diet.

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Each patient is an individual entity, therefore, consult with your doctor if the cholesterol levels obtained in results are those that will really reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in you, or if on the contrary, you should achieve another goal.

Every 4 to 6 months you should monitor your full lipid levels. After 20 years it can be annual, in boys and adolescents alike knowing their history of lipid levels will always be the best decision.

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