31 Aug Wellness Wisdom – National Cholesterol Education Month
This is a good time to get your blood Cholesterol checked and take the steps to lower it if it is high. Children, young and older adults can have high cholesterol. High cholesterol can be developed in early childhood and adolescence, developed from your diet or can be inherited.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty like substance found in your body and many of the foods you eat. Your bodies need some cholesterol to function normally; however too much cholesterol can build up in your arteries narrowing them and putting you at risk for heart disease and stroke.
High cholesterol does not have symptoms, so it is very important to “know your number” (levels). Cholesterol is checked via blood test called a Lipoprotein profile that will measure your total cholesterol, LDL (low or bad) cholesterol and HDL (high or good) cholesterol. The healthy level for Cholesterol is 200mg/dl. There are 102 Million Americans (20 years or older) that have total cholesterol levels at 200 mg/dl or higher. More than 35 million of the same people 240 mg/dl or higher which put them at a higher risk for heart disease.
High cholesterol can be managed with diet, exercise and no smoking. Some people may require medication to assist with treatment of cholesterol.
These lifestyle changes will assist with managing your cholesterol.
- Low-fat and high fiber food (more fresh fruits and vegetable, whole grains)
- Adults at least 1hour of vigorous physical activity a week. Children 6-17 at least a 1 hour a day.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- No smoking or quit smoking
Always consult your Physician about any changes in your health.
Written by LaVella Head