Cholesterol is more frequent in men

Currently, the population in the Federal District is characterized by a pattern of very high values ​​of triglycerides ; by levels of cholesterol that exceed the figure that is considered acceptable, which is 200 milligrams per deciliter of blood .

Although this problem does not cause direct discomfort, it can damage arteries of the brain Y heart , abdominal viscera and lower limbs. Other effects that may result include cardiovascular disease, in particular, from ischemic heart disease , e arterial hypertension , because the fat plates accumulate inside the arteries and this makes it difficult to get through blood by arteries , and chronically can cause cerebral stroke or cardiac .

In the study Prevalence of dyslipidemias in Mexico City and its association with other cardiovascular risk factorsr, of Jorge Escobedo de la Peña , professor of residence in Internal Medicine of the School of Medicine (FM), it was concluded that this type of problem is more frequent in men and increases with age.

The research carried out in several Latin American cities and headed in our country by the also head of the Clinical Epidemiology Research Unit of the Regional Hospital No.1 of the IMSS It was transversal. We studied 833 men and 889 women, from 25 to 64 years of age.

The results of this study showed that the average cholesterol in the population was 203 milligrams per deciliter of blood In the youngest group it was 189, while among the older ones, 55 to 64 years old, it was 217. Meanwhile, the average of high density cholesterol (good) was 40 mg.

As for the triglycerides , the study indicated that it was much higher among men, with 214 mg; in women 157 mg. In this regard, about a third of the individuals had high values: 43% of them and 23% of them.

Depending on the risk factors, if you carry a healthy diet and you doexercise and do not lower your level of cholesterol , the best thing is that your doctor indicates an appropriate treatment.