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Understanding Cholesterol

15 December 2008 2,301 views No Comment

Understanding Cholesterol

We often hear about the importance of cholesterol and terms like good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.  However, not many people have a healthy understanding of cholesterol and what it means to their health.

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There are a lot of factors that can cause or contribute to high cholesterol, among them is diet.  Proper dietary choices is just one potential way to reduce the risk the health risks associated with high levels of cholesterol. Whether its cholesterol or other health concerns, a better diet is a great first step.

High blood cholesterol signals a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. That’s why it’s  important to have your cholesterol levels checked regularly and discuss them with your doctor.

A “lipoprotein profile” is a test to find out your blood cholesterol numbers.   It gives information about total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and HDL (“good”) cholesterol, as well as triglycerides (blood fats).

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have an excellent handout on cholesterol and what healthy levels should be.  Download a free pdf copy of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association brochure.

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