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Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Susan August 30, 2012 Cholesterol Screens, Women's Health Comments Off on Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation
Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation

Estrogen fuels the production of HDL cholesterol to increase the good cholesterol in women of child-bearing age. That’s the good news. As women approach menopause, estrogen levels drop, reducing HDL levels.

The bad news is more than 25% of women in the U.S. die each year die from heart disease. [1] Cholesterol plays an important role in determining a woman’s risk for heart disease. Stay on the right side of the cholesterol equation with a few lifestyle rules to live (longer) by:

  • A healthy low fat, low salt, high fiber diet
  • Regular physical activity, and
  • Avoiding use of tobacco[2]

Link to these helpful resources to learn more about managing your heart health:

  •  Eat Right—Get recipes and tips for cooking, grocery shopping and dining out from the American Heart Association—designed to make following a heart healthy diet easy.
  • Exercise Regularly—Find out why daily physical activity is critical for preventing heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a combination of aerobic and strength-building exercises to improve your health.
  • Stop Tobacco Use—Never stop trying to quit. Many resources and programs are available to support tobacco cessation.
  • Manage Stress—Stress can have many physical and emotional effects on health. Proper, timely and effective stress management can make a positive impact on health.

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