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Thursday, September 1, 2011

National Cholesterol Education Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a good time to get your blood cholesterol checked and take steps to lower it if it is high.
High blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans. It is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. The higher your cholesterol level, the greater the risk. You can have high cholesterol and not know it. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens your risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease.
Begin by reducing the amount of saturated fat you consume. Saturated fat can be found in meat, poultry and dairy products. Look for lean or low-fat products.
Lose weight by reducing calories.
Increase soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be found in whole grain products like cereal and oatmeal. Fruits and vegetables also contain fiber.
Increase physical activity. Get moving on a daily basis.

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