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September 2017 Mall Walker Newsletter

Each month the Mall Walker Newsletter will feature helpful articles courtesy of the Lake Health Wellness Institute.

September is National Cholesterol Awareness Month

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in your blood. It is important to know your cholesterol numbers because high cholesterol is a risk factor contributing to the development of heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the US.

How does cholesterol contribute to heart disease? When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, it begins to build up on the walls of your arteries causing them to become narrowed or blocked. This reduces or prevents oxygenated blood from reaching your heart, which may lead to chest pain and heart attack.

A lipid profile checks your LDL or “bad” cholesterol (the main source of blockages), your HDL or “good” cholesterol (which helps keep bad cholesterol from building up in blood vessels), your total cholesterol and your triglycerides (fat found in your bloodstream).

Several things can affect your cholesterol levels. Your family history and age are factors you can’t control. And, some people’s bodies naturally produce more cholesterol. However, some of your choices can make a difference. Being overweight tends to increase cholesterol. Alternately, reducing the amount of saturated fat and trans fat in your diet may help lower cholesterol. Perhaps most importantly, being active 30 minutes per day can help lower total and LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol – a definite plus in mall walking!

September newsletter