Get to Know Cholesterol - The Good and the Bad
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health
Heart disease is America's number-one killer of both men and women. Regardless of gender, high cholesterol puts everyone at increased risk for heart disease.
September is Cholesterol Education Month, a great time to learn the ins and outs about your cholesterol.
LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol, or "bad" cholesterol, is like a one-way bus. It carries cholesterol from the liver, where cholesterol is made and recycled, and deposits it in the arteries where it can cause blockage that leads to heart disease.
The "good" HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol is like a bus going in the opposite direction. It picks up cholesterol from the arteries and brings it back to the liver so the cholesterol does not harm arteries.
Here are some simple steps you can take toward keeping cholesterol in check and improving your overall health.
- The best way to increase your HDL, good cholesterol, is to stay active and trim away excess pounds
- When it comes to LDL, the "bad" cholesterol, your food choices are key. A heart-healthy eating pattern - a diet that's high in soluble fiber with moderate amounts of unsaturated fats and low in saturated fat and cholesterol - can make a difference and can help reduce LDL levels.
- Try eating more foods high in soluble fiber to help lower your LDL.