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Keeping Cholesterol in Check!
What is cholesterol?
- A soft, waxy-like substance that's made in the liver and found in your body's cells.
- Needed for proper cell and nerve function, and to produce certain hormones.
A desirable blood cholesterol level is less than 200 mg/dl. When too much cholesterol and other fats are consumed in the diet, the body cannot get rid of the excess. These excess fats are in the bloodstream and can form plaque in the artery walls, creating health problems that can lead to heart disease and a heart attack.
Tips for controlling your cholesterol level:
- Consume a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish, and low-fat dairy products.
- When necessary, use unsaturated vegetable oils like canola, olive, safflower and sunflower.
- Avoid/limit foods like whole milk and cream, butter, egg yolks, cheese, organ meats, fatty red meats, and high-fat, processed meats such as sausage, bologna, and hotdogs.
- Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight.
- Do not smoke.
GVSU Fitness & Wellness Center
(lower level of the Rec Center)
Cholesterol screenings available for a small fee.
Page last modified September 14, 2010