Quit Smoking to Lower Cholesterol Now
Finding out that you have high cholesterol can be a scary thing to have to deal with. What’s even worse is that there are a plethora of different risk factors that can heighten your risk for developing heart disease. Among one of these risk factors is smoking. Smoking greatly increases your risk for developing cardiovascular disease.
In my article on the cholesterol levels chart, I lay out all of the risk factors that you should be cognizant of as you try to improve the overall status quo of your heart. Among some of these risk factors are your age, your activity level, family history, your cholesterol levels, and of course smoking.
You are at risk for developing heart disease if you have any of the aforementioned risk factors, as well as some other ones not mentioned. Your risk is heightened if you have multiple risk factors. For example, if you are a current smoker, are sedentary, and you have a family history of heart disease, then you have a heightened risk for developing cardiovascular disease versus you merely being a smoker.
So, it is very important that you take these risk factors into consideration. You should try to aspire to be free from as many risk factors as you can realistically can. We can’t control our family history, we can’t control bad genetics, and we can’t control our age. However, we can control the way we eat, how much we exercise, and our resistance to smoking.
Smoking can be very addictive and can pose a serious problem for the smoker if and when they find out that they have high cholesterol (>239). It may seem as though there is no way you can quit smoking. Be that as it may, there are indeed many ways that can help you to better resist your urges to smoke. Doing so will greatly help you to improve the overall status quo of your heart.
For one, you can perhaps consider seeing a therapist/counselor. Therapists aren’t only for those suffering from severe mental illness. They can also help you to stop your addiction of smoking by helping you to change your current behaviors and possibly some triggers that may prompt you to smoke whenever you feel the urge, among many other skills. Quitting your addiction to smoking is a serious endeavor and should be treated as such. A therapist can help you learn the skills necessary to overcome your addiction once and for all.
Another method that you can use to help you quit smoking and lower your cholesterol is by using medication prescribed by your doctor. Regardless of which method you use to help you to quit the habit, you need to set up an appointment with your doctor so that you can discuss all of your options and concerns with him. A popular drug that is prescribed to help you quit smoking is Chantix (varenicline). Medication such as this may be necessary to help you relieve your urge to smoke. However, you should still discuss all of your options with your doctor.
You can also try nicotine gum, nicotine patches, or even use a vape instead of smoking cigarettes. The three aforementioned examples are much healthier alternatives to get your nicotine than smoking cigarettes. You will probably not dissipate your urges immediately upon using any of them. It will take time for you to break the habit. However, if you stick to your game plan and stay persistent and resilient, then you will accomplish your goal of quitting smoking. You have to really, really want to do it though.
It may also be helpful for you to find a new and interesting hobby that can not only occupy more of your time, but also occupy your mind as well. You can perhaps pick up golf, jogging, biking, tennis, sewing, swimming, or any other healthy and productive hobby. The idea here is to break the bad habit of smoking by implementing and replacing it with a good habit, something that will bring you a greater sense of pleasure and fulfillment.
Smoking is a very serious risk factor that can increase the risk for you to develop heart disease. It can actually negatively affect your “good” HDL cholesterol and your “bad” LDL cholesterol. According to Everyday Health, “Smoking creates an environment in the bloodstream that leads to a destructive breakdown [of cholesterol], making LDL even more toxic to blood vessels, increasing deposits of plaque in the arteries, and increasing inflammation, Dr. Newby says .”
This is very interesting news and should be even more motivation to stop the habit. Quitting smoking can be a very difficult thing to do, but fear not as there are a plethora of different methods that you can use to help you quit once and for all. First, talk to your doctor so that you can make a plan that will give you the best chance for success. Doing so can help you to attain not only an improved lipid profile, but a healthier heart as well.
- Worth, Tammy. “Smoking Plus High Cholesterol Ups Heart Attack Risk”. Everyday Health. https://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol/living-with/the-cholesterol-smoking-connection/