HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol is known as good cholesterol. HDL takes the bad cholesterol out of your blood and keeps it from building up in your arteries.
LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol is known as bad cholesterol because it can build up on the walls of your arteries and increase your chances of getting cardiovascular disease. When being tested for high cholesterol, you want a high HDL number and a low LDL number.
The LDL Cholesterol for either male or female should be less than 100mg/dl. For women the HDL-Cholesterol should be more than 55mg/dl. For men the HDL-Cholesterol should be more than 45mg/dl.
A few other steps that can be taken towards having a healthy heart include:
• Sticking with a healthy eating plan and including more fiber-rich foods to reduce glucose and blood pressure
• Exercising regularly to improve cardiovascular fitness
• Quitting smoking and avoiding drug use
• Using alcohol in moderation
• Taking medications, when necessary, to help reduce blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels
• Knowing the signs of stroke and acting immediately if a stroke is suspected
Annual visits to your primary healthcare physician are essential. His/her expertise in screening for a multitude of conditions is invaluable.
Good health is a journey, let your physician guide you.
Sherry Mullenix (J.D., R.N.) co-owns The Pharmacy in Mount Olive with her husband, Steve Mullenix (R.Ph). They can be reached at 631-1201.