Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be used to treat
many of the health conditions known to drastically increase the risk of
heart disease and high cholesterol including smoking, high blood pressure,
excess weight, and diabetes.
What is cholesterol and how is it bad?
Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance found in your body and many
foods. Your body needs cholesterol to function normally and makes all that
you need. Too much cholesterol can sometimes build up in your arteries.
After a while, these deposits narrow your arteries, putting you at risk for
heart disease and stroke.
Since you can have high cholesterol without realizing
it, it's important to have your blood cholesterol levels checked. Most of
the 65 million Americans with high cholesterol have no symptoms. All adults
age 20 and older should have their cholesterol levels checked at least once
every five years, or more frequently if cholesterol levels are elevated.
High cholesterol can also develop in early childhood
and adolescence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and the risk increases as weight increases. In the United
States alone, more than twenty percent of youth aged 12-19 years have at least
one abnormal lipid level. Children over the age of two should have their
cholesterol checked if they are overweight or obese, have a family history
of high cholesterol or heart disease, have diabetes, high blood pressure,
or certain chronic conditions such as kidney disease, inflammatory
diseases, congenital heart disease, and childhood cancer.
According to the American Heart Association, exercise
and a healthy, balanced diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats is
important to lowering risk and improving your cardiovascular health. Speak
to your health care providers to make sure your cholesterol is being
monitored and find out how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you
stay healthy by visiting Amita Holistic Healing Center.