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September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 by InHealth

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that your body needs to stay healthy. If you have too much of it though, it can build up inside your arteries and cause heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so here are some important things to know:

  • Get your cholesterol levels checked so you know if you need to make any lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor how often you should be checked.
  • A healthy lifestyle can help keep your cholesterol under control. That means:
    • Eating a healthy diet that is high in fiber and "good" fats, like avocados and nuts. Avoid saturated and trans fats like french fries and potato chips.
    • Stay physically active. You don't have to run a marathon, just be sure to get up and move on a regular basis.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can raise your cholesterol.
    • Eliminate tobacco. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, quit as soon as possible. there are free services to help you, if needed.
    • If you are taking medicine to lower your cholesterol, follow your doctor's instructions.

For more information about cholesterol and what you need to know, go to the Centers for Desease Control website at www.cdc.gov.


 

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 by InHealth

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that your body needs to stay healthy. If you have too much of it though, it can build up inside your arteries and cause heart disease, heart attack, or stroke.

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so here are some important things to know:

  • Get your cholesterol levels checked so you know if you need to make any lifestyle changes. Ask your doctor how often you should be checked.
  • A healthy lifestyle can help keep your cholesterol under control. That means:
    • Eating a healthy diet that is high in fiber and "good" fats, like avocados and nuts. Avoid saturated and trans fats like french fries and potato chips.
    • Stay physically active. You don't have to run a marathon, just be sure to get up and move on a regular basis.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can raise your cholesterol.
    • Eliminate tobacco. If you smoke or use smokeless tobacco, quit as soon as possible. there are free services to help you, if needed.
    • If you are taking medicine to lower your cholesterol, follow your doctor's instructions.

For more information about cholesterol and what you need to know, go to the Centers for Desease Control website at www.cdc.gov.