ARE YOU AT RISK?

By Kaitlyn c and Allison m

What does your cholesterol level mean?

Watching your cholesterol levels is very important because they determine your risk of having a heart attack or stoke. Cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in the blood stream which increases the chance of oxygen flow to and from the brain and heart getting blocked. Your doctor will give you your results and a reference of the average level (total cholesterol should be around 200 mg/dL, but no higher than 240 mg/dL, HDL or good cholesterol should be around 60 mg/dL, and LDL is considered healthy at 100-129 mg/dL).

Are you stressed?

Stress is a large factor with heart problems. When your stressed your heart is working overtime to produce the amount of blood needed around the body. When your heart is working overtime that means veins are always working double as well. To reduce stree try ecersize. You don't always need to be running on a tred mill you could be walking or even try yoga.

What do your favorite drink ?

When you are thirsty or dehydrated what do you drink? Many drinks can help qinch your thirst but some make you dehydrated. For example water is a drink athletes would choose because it helps you stay hydrated. Gatorade is afte at thing to drink as well. Gatorade gives you many electrolights that help your thirst. But what most people don't think about is drinks actually hurting you. For example soda, soda makes your cells even more water hungry.The reason being All the caffeine. So when you grab a drink at dinner try to think about what you are actually putting in your body.