Parish Nurse Update - September 18, 2011

posted Sep 19, 2011, 3:31 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne
Parish Nurse Update: One of the main goals of treatment for high cholesterol and high triglycerides 
and low HDL (good) cholesterol is to reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. A treatment plan for this consists of therapeutic lifestyle changes (TLC). TLC includes: 1.) A cholesterol lowering diet. This is a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and high fiber foods and low in saturated fats, trans fats and dietary cholesterol. Eating heart healthy fish, such as cod, tuna, halibut, salmon, mackerel and herring is also good. 2.) If you are overweight try to loose weight by eating a healthy diet and cutting down the amount of food you eat. Even a small weight loss (5-10pounds) can lower your cholesterol. 3.) Add exercise to your daily routine. Enjoy at least 30 minutes most days of the week, walk, bike, swim, whatever you like best. 4.) If you smoke find a method for quitting. Smoking can damage your blood vessels making them more susceptible to accumulate fatty deposits. It is important if your cholesterols and triglycerides are high or your HDL (good) cholesterol is low that you work closely with your Dr. /NP to create an action plan that will incorporate the necessary lifestyle changes as well as medication if your doctor feels that is necessary. ( 6-11) For questions on other health issues, referrals or resources call the parish nurse office @ 635-9261. Blessings! Flossie Vance