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Quit Smoking And Cholesterol Levels

There are so many different things that we need to deal with when it comes to our health that it can be difficult to really know where to begin. A classic example of this is the cholesterol problems that many of us experience, at times not really knowing what there is to do about it. If we have recently been told that we have high cholesterol, we may fear that we are in danger of problems with heart attack and stroke. Although this may be true, there are other, underlying causes which may be culprit that is really putting us in danger of the serious problems.

Most of the times, we can bring our cholesterol numbers back into line by getting rid of the underlying cause which is putting the numbers out of balance. For example, many of us have high cholesterol because we are obese, don't get enough exercise, smoke cigarettes or perhaps have too much stress in our life. These are the things that really need to be identified and taking care of, not the cholesterol numbers. If we bring ourselves back into line as far as our health is concerned, the cholesterol typically balances out. Does that mean, however, that we are out of the danger zone?

There is something else that is in the human body which is naturally produced but in large numbers can truly cause a problem with heart attack and stroke. This is homocysteine, and whenever our homocysteine numbers are elevated, we can really have a lot of problems. Along with cholesterol, this is a good indicator that there is a problem within the human body that needs to be addressed. In the case of homocysteine, it is typically a vitamin deficiency that needs to be taken care of. Fortunately, we can often supplement our vitamins and take care of the homocysteine problem.

One other thing which can cause arteriosclerosis is a lack of vitamin C in the diet. This is something that has been ignored by the medical community as a whole but there are some studies which show that getting enough vitamin C can really help in this regard.

The best thing that you can possibly do is to make sure that your body is as balanced and healthy as possible. You can look at the numbers, such as high cholesterol or homocysteine levels in order to understand your overall health. The answer is not to take something that will lower your cholesterol, it is to get rid of the underlying problem which is causing it to be elevated. That is really the way that you improve your health and take yourself out of the running for very serious health problems.