High Levels of LDL Cholesterol Are a Symptom of Prediabetes
High low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels are a contributing factor and symptom of prediabetes, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Studies show that elevated cholesterol levels are regularly seen in people with insulin resistance, even before diabetes has fully developed. Lowering cholesterol levels can boost overall health and help reverse the prediabetes process.
LDL cholesterol is “bad” because it accumulates in the walls of arteries, causing atherosclerosis. This narrowing of the arteries puts a heavier workload on the heart and can lead to a heart attack if a clot forms.Eating a healthy diet full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol.
Eating a healthy diet full of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids can help lower cholesterol. Regular exercise, weight loss and quitting a smoking habit can also help.
Many people with high LDL cholesterol also have low HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol, which is cardio-protective and hearth healthy at certain levels. If you don’t know your “good” and “bad” cholesterol levels, it’s important to get them checked.