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Cholesterol Counts. What you should know about your cholesterol . Today We’ll Talk about…. What cholesterol is Why worry about it Cholesterol tests Terminology Improving your numbers. Cholesterol Is…. A waxy, fat-like substance Found in all cell surfaces in our bodies

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Cholesterol Counts

What you should know about your cholesterol

today we ll talk about
Today We’ll Talk about…
  • What cholesterol is
  • Why worry about it
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Terminology
  • Improving your numbers
cholesterol is
Cholesterol Is…
  • A waxy, fat-like substance
  • Found in all cell surfaces in our bodies
  • Transported through our blood

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=512

what does cholesterol do
What Does Cholesterol Do?
  • Insulates nerves
  • Makes hormones that send signals between cells
  • Helps with the digestion of fats
where do we get cholesterol
Where Do We Get Cholesterol?
  • Our bodies make all the cholesterol we need.
  • We also get cholesterol from foods we eat.
blood cholesterol levels increase by eating these products
Blood Cholesterol Levels Increase By Eating These Products
  • Animal products
    • Meat
      • Beef
      • poultry,
      • fish, etc.
    • Dairy
      • milk,
      • eggs,
      • cheese,
      • yogurt, etc.
blood cholesterol levels increase by eating these products7
Blood Cholesterol Levels Increase By Eating These Products
  • Vegetable products contain:
    • Saturated and
    • Trans Fat Foods
      • Vegetable shortening or hydrogenated fat
      • Vegetable margarines
      • Snack foods
        • Cookies
        • Crackers
      • Frozen or other prepared foods
why worry about cholesterol
Why Worry about Cholesterol?
  • Blood cholesterol can stick to the sides of arteries.
  • Blockages can form.
  • It can lead to serious medical problems:
    • Heart attack and
    • Stroke.

http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/1999/199_chol.html

do i have high cholesterol
Do I Have High Cholesterol?
  • A blood test can tell you your blood cholesterol levels.
who should be tested
Who Should Be Tested?
  • Anyone over the age of 20
    • At least every five years
    • More often as determined by your doctor
words to know
Words to Know
  • HDL
    • Good Cholesterol
      • Carries cholesterol away from your arteries
  • LDL
    • Bad Cholesterol
      • Builds up in arteries
  • Triglycerides
    • Fats
      • Builds up in arteries

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=180

what does my total cholesterol mean
What Does my Total Cholesterol Mean?
  • 200-239 mg/dL

http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=183

improving your levels
Improving Your Levels
  • Exercise
  • Improved diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Possibly cholesterol drugs

http://mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/DS00178/DSECTION=9

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Diet
  • Reduce your intake of fats and cholesterols.
  • Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Add more fiber.
  • Eat low-fat or fat-free dairy products.
  • Avoid eating too many calories.
exercise
Exercise
  • 30 minutes a day
  • 4+ times a week
cholesterol drugs
Cholesterol Drugs
  • Talk to your doctor, and follow his/her advice.
questions
Questions?

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