Younger adults are developing problems in maintaining a healthy lipid profile. This is primarily occurring due to negligence of diet, physical activity, and hormonal imbalance. It is not uncommon to find young men and women who have erratic lipid levels including high levels of LDL cholesterol (also called bad cholesterol) and low levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).
Eating out regularly at restaurants and from roadside stalls is associated with a bulging belly and higher accumulation of liver fat. Besides high intake of deep fried and oily foods such as potato chips, papad, pakoras, donuts, etc, eating large meals rich in carbohydrates are also associated with elevated levels of bad cholesterol.
A sedentary lifestyle also makes people more vulnerable to develop imbalance in the ratio of good and bad cholesterol. Persons who have undesirable cholesterol levels are mostly overweight and need to significantly cut down calorie intake by severely limiting the intake of sugars, processed foods, fruit juices, carbonated beverages, and deep fried oily foods. Persons who have cholesterol issues need a diet high in antioxidants and soluble fibre to prevent further problems. They need to increase protein intake and to cut down carbohydrate and fat intake. Certain herbs are beneficial in detoxifying the body such as Triphala, Bael, Tulsi, and Turmeric. Apart from herbs, diet along with lifestyle changes and exercise helps in cholesterol management.