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cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease - the
number one killer of American men and women. Adopting a healthy
lifestyle can reduce your risk of high blood cholesterol and can get you
on the path to wellness!
Cholesterol is a soft, fat like substance found in all your body's cells. It is used to form cell membranes, hormones, and other needed tissues in the body. Although cholesterol is necessary for the body to function, having too much of it in your body contributes to heart disease risk.
There are two specific
kinds of blood cholesterol - HDL (high density lipoproteins) and LDL (low
density lipoproteins.) HDL cholesterol is commonly called "good
cholesterol" because it helps your body get rid of "bad" cholesterol in
your blood. LDL, or "bad cholesterol," causes build up on artery
walls. Your Total Cholesterol level is a combination of both.
|What foods can increase my total cholesterol?|
Fatty red meats
- Poultry skin
- Beef or chicken fat
- Whole or 2% milk
- Ice cream
Limit servings of lean meat, poultry, fish, and
seafood to no more than six ounces per day. (3 oz. is about the size
of your palm.)
What foods can help me control my cholesterol?
- Whole grains
- Nonfat or 1% dairy products
- Low-fat cheeses
|How can I reduce my total cholesterol?|
What is a normal total cholesterol level?
What's "normal" depends upon your age, your culture, and your genes. The following chart should give you an idea of where you stand.
Less than 200
200 to 239
240 and above
|Less than 200||Have cholesterol checked once every 5 years.|
|200 to 239||Have cholesterol checked within 2 months to confirm reading.|
|240 and above||Have lipid profile checked to confirm reading and make the necessary lifestyle changes.|
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