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September is National Cholesterol Education Month and its purpose is to provide information on what cholesterol is and what you can do in your every day life to prevent having too high of cholesterol.
 
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in many foods. Even though the body needs it to function normally, consuming too much can clog your arteries making your heart work harder to pump blood through your body. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 102 million Americans aged 20 and above have a cholesterol level of 200mg/dL and higher, placing them at a higher risk of heart disease.
 
Blood work can be done to figure out where you fall on the cholesterol scale. Desirable cholesterol levels are as follows:
Total Cholesterol - 170 mg/dL
Low LDL ("bad" cholesterol) - less than 110 mg/dL
High HDL ("good" cholesterol) - 35 mg/dL or higher
Triglycerides - less than 150 mg/dL
 
Knowing your levels are important and is recommended to have your cholesterol checked every 5 years by your doctor. If you do have high cholesterol, there are some lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of heart disease like eating low-fat and high-fiber food (fresh fruit, vegetables, grains), exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding tobacco use.
 
Visit the CDC website to find out more information about cholesterol and different programs provided by the CDC that address it and can help you live a heart healthy lifestyle.
 
Please consult your doctor for your individual requirements.
 
Sources:
“September is National Cholesterol Education Month.” Center for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

 

 

 

 

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