National Cholesterol Education Month

Posted on September 16, 2011

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September is National Cholesterol Education Month!! Get excited to learn new facts about Cholesterol and why it should be important to you.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that is found in the blood cells in the body.  Your body produces its own cholesterol which your body needs. There is also good and bad cholesterol. LDL, low-density lipoprotein, is known as bad cholesterol where as high-density lipoprotein, HDL, is good cholesterol. Too much LDL or too little HDL cholesterol can increase your risk of having heart disease.

I encourage you to get a blood test to find out your blood cholesterol levels, so that you are aware of your cholesterol level.

Here are the generally acceptable levels of cholesterol:

• Total cholesterol combined: below 200 mg/DL
• LDL levels: between 100 -129 mg/DL
• HDL levels: above 60 mg/DL
• Triglycerides: below 150 mg/DL

It is also important to know your risk factors. Are you at a higher risk of having heart disease?  Approach your physician with these questions. If you need help finding a Primary Care Physician, call us at the Mayors Health Line (617-534-5050).

If you do have high cholesterol you must be aware of what type of food you eat so that you can work on decreasing it. Low-fat and high-fiber foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, are great food choices to help lower your cholesterol. Exercising is also a good lifestyle change. For more information please check out the CDC website on Cholesterol Awareness, or use the Medline-Plus app on our blog.

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