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Older Mommy Still Yummy: Understanding Heart Disease - Cholesterol (part 3 of 4)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Understanding Heart Disease - Cholesterol (part 3 of 4)

Nine ways to get your cholesterol in check  (#'s 1 - 4) - 

If you missed last weeks post - Understanding Heart Disease - Cholesterol (part 2 of 4),  you can find it  here.

  1. Test your cholesterol. Ask your doctor to check it if:
    • You are male and over 40.
    • You are female and over 50 or post-menopausal.
    • You have heart disease, stroke, diabetes or high blood pressure.
    • Your waist measures more than 102 centimetres (40 inches) for men or 88 centimetres (35 inches) for women. For persons of Chinese or South Asian descent, if your waist measures more than 90 centimetres (35 inches) for men or 80 centimetres (32 inches) for women.
    • You have a family history of heart disease or stroke.
  2. Reduce your fat intake to 20 to 35% of your daily calories.
  3. Choose healthy fats such as polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, found mainly in vegetable oils, nuts and fish.
  4. Limit your intake of saturated fat, found mainly in red meat and high-fat dairy products.
Next week - Nine ways to get your cholesterol in check  (#'s 5 - 9)

All information contained in this post was taken from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick website. Please visit their site for more information.


The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.


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At August 24, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

I'm over 50 and probably could stand a 'little' weight loss and have the family history. I have high blood pressure and take meds to keep it down, but maybe a little more exercise and a better diet could eliminate the med...after I checked with my doctor, of course!


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