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  • Cholesterol Levels In Women: Know Your Numbers

    Find out where you stand with your cholesterol numbers and how you can make simple changes for a healthier you.

  • What do my cholesterol and triglyceride numbers mean?

    Total cholesterol level: Lower is better. Less than 200 mg/dL is best.

     

    Categories Of Cholesterol Level
    Total Cholesterol Level
    Category
    Less than 200 mg/dL
    Desirable
    200 - 239 mg/dL
    Borderline high
    240 mg/dL and above
    High

     


    LDL (bad) cholesterol:
    Lower is better. Less than 100 mg/dL is best.

     

    Categories Of LDL Cholesterol Level
    LDL Cholesterol Level
    Category
    Less than 100 mg/dL
    Optimal
    100-129 mg/dL
    Near optimal/above optimal
    130-159 mg/dL
    Borderline high
    160-189 mg/dL
    High
    190 mg/dL and above
    Very high

     


    HDL (good) cholesterol:
    Higher is better. More than 60 mg/dL is best.

    Triglyceride levels: Lower is better. Less than 150mg/dL is best.

    How can I lower my cholesterol?

    You can lower your cholesterol by taking these steps:

    Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, losing weight can help lower your total cholesterol and LDL ("bad cholesterol") levels. Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) to see if you are at a healthy weight. If not, try making small changes like eating an apple instead of potato chips, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or parking farther away from the entrance to your office, the grocery store, or the mall. (But be sure to park in a safe, well-lit spot.)

    Eat better. Eat foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.

    Eat more:

    • Fish, poultry (chicken, turkey--breast meat or drumstick is best), and lean meats (round, sirloin, tenderloin). Broil, bake, roast, or poach foods. Remove the fat and skin before eating.
    • Skim (fat-free) or low-fat (1%) milk and cheeses, and low-fat or nonfat yogurt
    • Fruits and vegetables (try for 5 a day)
    • Cereals, breads, rice, and pasta made from whole grains (such as "whole-wheat" or "whole-grain" bread and pasta, rye bread, brown rice, and oatmeal)

    Eat less:

    • Organ meats (liver, kidney, brains)
    • Egg yolks
    • Fats (butter, lard) and oils
    • Packaged and processed foods
    • There are two diets that may help lower your cholesterol:
    • Heart Healthy Diet
    • Therapeutic Lifestyles Changes (TLC) Diet

    Get moving. Exercise can help lower LDL ("bad cholesterol") and raise HDL ("good cholesterol"). Exercise at a moderate intensity for at least 30 minutes most days of the week. Take a brisk walk on your lunch break or take the stairs instead of the elevator.

    Take your medicine. If your doctor has prescribed medicine to lower your cholesterol, take it exactly as you have been told to.


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