Worried about cholesterol during Chuseok holidays? You need to improve your eating habits

Some people are worried about having a meal with their family during the Chuseok holiday. It’s hyperlipidemia patients.

Dyslipidemia, also called hyperlipidemia, refers to a state in which total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in the blood are increased or HDL cholesterol is decreased.

Mostly it is caused by causes such as obesity, diabetes, and drinking, but genetic factors that increase specific lipids in the blood may also be the cause.

Patients diagnosed with dyslipidemia try to find foods that have a bad effect on cholesterol and reduce their intake. However, there are many cases that do not improve despite efforts to improve the diet. In this case, it is highly likely that it is a problem of lifestyle, not food. Dyslipidemia was caused by frequent skipping lunches in busy work life, replacing meals with fruits, ice cream, and bread, or binge eating in the evening.

Cholesterol is an essential nutrient for maintaining life, but if there is a lot of bad cholesterol in the body, it accumulates on the inner wall of the arterial blood vessels and narrows the blood vessels, resulting in arteriosclerosis. should be considered important.

Most people mistakenly believe that cholesterol is high in overweight or meat eaters.

To control cholesterol, I think that dyslipidemia can be prevented and managed by careful intake of foods high in saturated fatty acids or cholesterol, such as meat with fat, animal fat products, milk, and ice cream.

This idea is not wrong, but cholesterol levels are not just a problem with food, but also due to primary causes such as diet, family history, lack of exercise, underlying diseases such as hypothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome, chronic liver disease, and secondary causes such as drug use and pregnancy. can occur Therefore, to prevent abnormal cholesterol in daily life, it is necessary to pay attention not only to food intake but also to lifestyle.

In addition to eating a lot of oily food at once, eating habits such as starving the next day after binge eating, eating irregularly, or skipping meals can raise cholesterol levels. When we starve or eat less than usual, our body recognizes it as a night-like state, increasing sugar absorption and making a lot of cholesterol in the liver. It is to store cholesterol in advance and increase body fat in case you do not get enough nutrients from food.

“Of course, it is important to reduce the intake of oily and high-calorie foods, but the foods we eat contain various nutrients, so how to eat rather than not eating certain foods is more important,” said Kim Soo-hyeong, head of the Cardiovascular Center at Daedong Hospital. “More than anything else, regular eating habits can help not only cholesterol levels but also long-term health management, so irregular eating habits should be corrected first.”

In order to develop a regular eating habit, consider the daily calorie intake and distribute the nutrients evenly, and the insufficient nutrients should be consumed at least 2 times between meals, such as milk or fruit, within 200 kcal. When purchasing food, check the ingredients and nutrition label to avoid foods high in saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, and increase intake of high-quality protein and fiber such as lean meat, fish, eggs and soybeans.

Excessive drinking promotes lipid synthesis in the liver and can cause dyslipidemia, so avoid alcohol and avoid oily snacks when drinking. In addition, exercise is essential in order to consume the calories you consume, so choose an exercise that suits your physical strength and perform it consistently. Reporter Jang Jong-ho [email protected]

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