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.  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
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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