Parish Nurse Update - September 11, 2011

posted Sep 15, 2011, 10:19 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Sep 15, 2011, 10:22 AM ]
Risks for developing High Cholesterol. There are some risks factors you are not able to do anything about, such as:
1.) Heredity- Your genes can partly determine how much cholesterol your body makes. High cholesterol can run in families. 2.) Age and gender- As we get older cholesterol levels tend to rise. Women over age 55 tend to have higher cholesterol levels than men. There are also risks you can do something about: 1.) Overweight/
obesity can be a factor in high total cholesterol, high LDL (bad) cholesterol, and high Triglycerides, as well as lowering the HDL (good) cholesterol. Losing weight can help lower your LDL, total cholesterol, and Triglycerides as well as raise your HDL. 2.) Diets high in saturated and trans fats and dietary cholesterol. Reducing the saturated fats and dietary cholesterol in your diet can help lower your blood cholesterol levels 3.) Physical inactivity can contribute to high cholesterol. Regular exercise can help lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol, as well as help with weight loss. Next week: Treating the high cholesterols and high triglycerides as well as the low HDL cholesterol. For questions on other health issues, resources, or referrals call the Parish Nurse Office at 635-9261 Ext. 20. Blessings! Flossie Vance,
Parish Nurse