Thurman Francis Health News
Winter 2016 - Penny Tidwell, RN
February is American Heart Month
Know Your Numbers and What They Mean
CHOLESTEROL is a type of fat found in your blood. You need cholesterol to help your brain, skin, and other organs grow and work the way they should. Your liver makes cholesterol for your body (about 75%). The remaining 25% comes from the foods we eat – especially animal products.
Goal: ≤ 200
LDL (low-density lipoproteins), or “lousy” cholesterol, can lead to buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. In general, the lower the LDL the better.
Goal: ≤ 100
HDL (high-density lipoproteins), or “healthy” cholesterol, helps remove cholesterol from your body. In general, the higher the HDL the better.
Goal: ≥ 60
Ways To Improve Your Cholesterol
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise most days of the week (brisk walking for 30 minutes/day is a good goal)
- Eat plenty of fruits, fresh veggies, and whole grains-- THINK FIBER!
- Increase monounsaturated fats in your diet. These include canola oil, avocado, nuts, and olive oil.
- Take prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication
How Old Is Your Child's Heart?
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