Understanding Your Cholesterol Numbers

Deanne Stein Health Guide
  • Recently I have been busy, moving into my new home. I immediately remembered how much I despise moving. The furniture was easy, we hired a company to do that. It's all the small things that add up. I felt like I was moving stuff every day for about a week and now that I'm in my home, I still haven't been able to enjoy it. It takes so much time to unpack and re-organize your life.

    Through all this, I've still had to work full-time, which is why I've been so slow getting unpacked. My son still has his baseball games and other activities. So, because we are so busy putting our lives back together, it's been cold cuts and eating out. I'm usually such a stickler for healthy foods and typically cook every night. But here lately, a drive-thru or dinner at the concession stand is so much easier until I get back on track.
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    Then I read a survey by the American Heart Association and started to feel a little guilty.

    The survey revealed that adults in the U.S. age 35 to 75 with high or borderline high cholesterol may not realize they could be at risk for heart disease. People diagnosed with elevated cholesterol of 200 or greater, with another risk factor like high blood pressure responded to the survey. Fifty percent of those people didn't feel they were at high risk for cardiovascular disease. In fact, 15 percent believed they were at low risk.

    Nearly 100 million Americans have above normal blood cholesterol and 34.5 million have high cholesterol. High levels of total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein, the so-called "bad" cholesterol) in the blood are major risk factors for heart disease. Other risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, diet, obesity and high blood pressure can be managed; others, such as age, gender and family history cannot.

    To educate the public, the survey was the focus of this year's Cholesterol Low Down, a national cholesterol awareness program. Just go to www.americanheart.org/cld to join and keep track of your cholesterol.I think I will just slow down, take it one box at a time and start taking care of myself and my family again. I've had enough fast food to last me for years.

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Published On: June 15, 2006