Time to Check – And Keep in Check – Your Cholesterol

Health EducationCholesterol is an important part of your health – but it needs to be present at the right levels.

That’s why it’s so important to check – and keep in check – your cholesterol. High blood cholesterol can point to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. But by taking steps to get your cholesterol checked and working on habits that lower bad cholesterol, you may be able to keep things in check for years to come.

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Know Your Numbers for National Health Education Week

Healthy_LifeNational Health Education Week is upon us next week– and it’s time to make sure your important health numbers are right where they should be.

If you have prediabetes or diabetes, it’s especially important to keep your numbers in check. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you need to stay mindful of important numbers like your blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight. These figures can help you and your doctor keep an eye on your health and make important decisions about diet, exercise and medication.

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What is Cholesterol and What is a Healthy Level for Me?

Atherosclerotic PlaqueCholesterol is a fat-like substance that exists in all cells of the body – no matter what your age or level of health.

Your body uses it to make hormones and other substances that help your body digest the food you eat. Although your body relies on the cholesterol it makes, you also take in cholesterol through the foods that you eat. This is where cholesterol can become a problem.

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It’s National Cholesterol Education Month: Have You Been Screened?

Question MarkHigh cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. If you don’t know your blood cholesterol level, now is a perfect time to get screened.

All adults over the age of 20 should ask their doctor to order a fasting lipoprotein profile. This test measures the total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) LDL (bad cholesterol), and triglycerides. The test should be conducted after fasting for 12-14 hours without liquid, food or pills.

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