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Cholesterol Education Month
Posted by Scott filed under Nutrition
September is cholesterol education month. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that can be found in the human body, and in many foods. The body needs cholesterol to function properly, but too much of it can cause a variety of problems, including a higher potential for heart disease and stroke. This September, people everywhere should take some time to learn more about cholesterol, its importance, and what to do to prevent high cholesterol.
Regular amounts of cholesterol are a good thing, and your body needs it to build healthy cells. However, too much cholesterol can result in a buildup in your arteries, which causes the arteries to narrow. This high cholesterol is a serious issue, as it can cause many heart problems.
Causes and Symptoms
High cholesterol has been linked to many different factors, including:
- Diets high in cholesterol
- Lack of physical activity
- Liver disease
A person with high cholesterol won’t show any immediate symptoms; high cholesterol can only be detected by a doctor through blood testing.
Some factors, such as your genetics, can’t be changed. But there are some lifestyle choices that can be made to help prevent high cholesterol. These changes include:
- Get regular physical activity, preferably most days of the week
- If you drink, only drink in moderation
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t smoke
- Limit foods that contain high cholesterol levels. These foods include:
- Dairy products
- Deep fried foods
- Some processed foods
- Try to eat more foods that help lower cholesterol, such as:
- Whole grains
- Foods high in fiber
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Mayo Clinic. (2019). “High cholesterol.” Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/symptoms-causes/syc-20350800
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