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Health Education AdvanceMed Hanford. Cholesterol, Heart Health and Nutrition:. What is Cholesterol?. Fat-like substance (lipid) present in cell membranes. Cholesterol moves through the body in packages called “lipoproteins”.

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cholesterol heart health and nutrition

Health Education

AdvanceMed Hanford

Cholesterol, Heart Health and Nutrition:

what is cholesterol
What is Cholesterol?
  • Fat-like substance (lipid) present in cell membranes.
  • Cholesterol moves through the body in packages called “lipoproteins”.
  • This is the ONLY way that fat and cholesterol can be transported in the body.
hdl cholesterol
HDL Cholesterol
  • HDL-High Density Lipoproteins
  • The “Good” Cholesterol
  • Protective to the body.
    • Removes excess cholesterol from artery walls.
    • Returns it to the liver for reprocessing
  • Can be raised by exercise and good nutrition.

Should be 60 or higher

ldl vldl cholesterol
LDL & VLDL Cholesterol
  • VLDL-Very Low Density Lipoproteins
  • LDL-Low Density Lipoproteins
  • The “BAD” Cholesterol
  • Fat and cholesterol are deposited in your body by “Bad Cholesterol” lipoproteins.
  • If LDL is high, so is risk for coronary heart disease.
  • Can be lowered by exercise and good nutrition, weight control & medicine.

Should be less than 130

where should my numbers be at



1 = 5 or less

LDL 100 = 4.3

HDL 30

Total 130

LDL 160 = 9

HDL 20

Total 180

LDL 160 = 3.2

HDL 70

Total 230

Where should my numbers be at?
how does food contribute
How does food contribute?
  • The more saturated fat you eat, the more lipoprotein packages are produced by the liver.
  • The result is a greater build-up of cholesterol in the artery walls.
food that can help cholesterol numbers
Food that can help Cholesterol numbers:
  • Oat meal / oat bran: contains soluble fiber which lowers LDL. (also found in kidney beans, brussel sprouts, apples, pears, psyllium, barley and prunes.)
  • Walnuts & Almonds: Rich in polyunsaturated fats, walnuts and almonds help keep blood vessels elastic.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Known for lowering triglycerides, but also lowers blood pressure and risk of blood clots. (In people who have already had heart attacks, Omega 3 significantly reduces the risk of sudden death.) Doctors recommend 2 servings per week. Best sources include mackerel, lake trout, albacore tuna, salmon, herring, sardines, flaxseed, walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil.
what can you do
What can YOU do?

Step #1 – Reduce intake of saturated fats.

Step #2 – Reduce dietary cholesterol (animal products).

Step #3 - Reduce total fat in your diet.

Step #4 – Increase dietary fiber.

Step #5 – Eat more vegetable protein,

less animal protein.

Step #6 – Weight Management

Step #7 – Take a daily vitamin

Step #8 – Physical Activity

Step #9 – Drugs & Medications