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Default What Your Cholesterol Levels Mean – 02-11-2013, 12:06 PM

Keeping your cholesterol levels healthy is a great way to keep your heart healthy – and lower your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke. Cholesterol can be tricky to understand, though, because not all is bad for you. Some is actually good for you. The most important thing you can do as a first step is to know your cholesterol numbers by getting your cholesterol tested. Here are some easy ways for you to understand what the testing involves, how it can help you and ways to improve your health by improving your cholesterol.

The American Heart Association endorses the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines for detection of high cholesterol: All adults age 20 or older should have a fasting lipoprotein profile — which measures total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides — once every five years. This test is done after a nine- to 12-hour fast without food, liquids or pills. It gives information about total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides (View an animation of cholesterol).

Your test report will show your cholesterol levels in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). To determine how your cholesterol levels affect your risk of heart disease, your doctor will also take into account other risk factors such as age, family history, smoking and high blood pressure.
   
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Default 02-14-2013, 11:33 AM

Thanks for sharing this valuable and clear information about cholesterol.
   
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Default 03-26-2013, 01:58 AM

Pretty good tips, thanks buddy!
   
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Default 06-11-2013, 08:43 PM

Yes! Thanks for posting this, there’s so much misinformation being passed around, even by the medical community itself.

Unfortunately I feel that your rant will fall on death ears. Those who want to inform themselves will continue to do so, but most people aren├ó┬Ç┬Öt willing to take the effort to inform themselves, even for something as important as their own health. Another good topic is cholesterol present at children. I read an interesting post recently about it . Check it out: Cholesterol and Children – Are They Safe From Cholesterol ? | LOWERING CHOLESTEROL GUIDE
   
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