Why is having healthy blood lipid levels so important for me?

Excess blood lipids can damage your blood vessels and lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Blood lipids measurements include:

  • Total blood cholesterol – the total amount of cholesterol in your blood

  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL)

  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

  • Triglyceride levels

It is important to consult a medical professional on what your blood lipid levels should be as the blood lipid goals will differ depending on your level of risk for cardiovascular disease.

To lower your blood cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe a statin. Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase which your cells need to make cholesterol.

Side effects of statins include, muscle pain and damage, liver damage, potential neurological side effects such as confusion, and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Your doctor will inform you of any side effects to be concerned about and the relative benefits that taking statins will have on your cardiovascular disease risk.