Monday, July 16, 2012

Heart Health 101- Cholesterol

Cholesterol plays a huge role in your heart health.  But, do you know what it is?  There are two types of cholesterol.  LDL (low density lipoprotein) is referred to as the bad cholesterol.  The second type is HDL (high density lipoprotein).  HDL is the type that protects the body and reduces the chances of heart attack. 

When you have high cholesterol you may develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels.  Over time, build of these deposits can make it more difficult for your blood to flow and eventually lead to cardiac arrest.  The goal is to boost your high cholesterol and lower your bad cholesterol.   You can do this through diet and regular exercise.  Foods that are high in omega 3’s, whole grains, and dietary fiber can help lower your cholesterol.  Regular exercise plays a big role in increasing your HDL (good cholesterol) in in lowering your bad cholesterol. 

You should always get your cholesterol checked regularly~ knowledge is power!

Best,

Ciji Dodds
Miss International 2011

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