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Cholesterol
Education Month

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Cholesterol
Education Month

Managing high cholesterol before it leads to disease.

September is Cholesterol Education Month
Did you know that in 2021, over 693,000 people died of heart disease in the United States?  For many years now, heart disease has remained the number one cause of death for Americans. You may be asking yourself, is there anything I can do to protect myself or a loved one from getting heart disease?  Yes, and you can start today!
During September, we’re encouraging our patients to come in for a cholesterol test, including children and teenagers.  A blood test is needed to check cholesterol levels — called a lipid panel— and it collects information about your total, LDL and HDL cholesterols as well as triglycerides. This blood test should be performed at least once every 4-6 years but could vary depending on your personal risk factors.
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High cholesterol typically has no signs or symptoms,
which is why it’s important to have your cholesterol checked.

Which Foods Raise Cholesterol Levels?

When you eat too much saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol-rich foods it can lead to a buildup of fatty deposits in your blood vessels. When this happens, it’s much harder for your blood to flow through your arteries as it should, potentially leading to severe and life-threatening medical conditions.  Elevated cholesterol levels are directly linked to heart disease risk, and the higher your cholesterol, the higher your risk.  The good news is there are effective ways you can lower your cholesterol if it’s high.  Continue reading to find tips on how to reduce high cholesterol.

What are Optimal Cholesterol Levels?

What are Optimal
Cholesterol Levels?

There are two types of blood cholesterol: LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”). When the body has too much LDL cholesterol or not enough HDL cholesterol, it can cause buildup called “plaque” on the walls of blood vessels, leading to heart attack or stroke.

Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL).
The table below represents a guideline for most people.

Total cholesterol About 150 mg/dL
LDL (“bad”) cholesterol Less than 100 mg/dL
HDL (“good”) cholesterol Greater than or equal to 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL
Total cholesterol About 150 mg/dL
LDL (“bad”) cholesterol Less than 100 mg/dL
HDL (“good”) cholesterol Greater than or equal to 40 mg/dL in men and 50 mg/dL in women
Triglycerides Less than 150 mg/dL
Our medical providers will always help you understand your cholesterol numbers, and will assess your family history, overall health, lifestyle, and much more.

5 Tips to Reduce High Cholesterol

1.) Eat heart-healthy foods
Decrease your consumption of high fat and cholesterol-rich foods. Eat more soluble fiber, which is found in foods such as oatmeal, beans, fresh fruits, and vegetables.

2.) Increase your physical activity
Exercise is proven to raise HDL or “good” cholesterol. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise, five days per week. This can include taking a walk during your lunch hour, riding your bike to work, or playing your favorite sport.

3.) Maintain a healthy weight
Remember, Individuals of any body type can be at risk for high cholesterol. However, being overweight increases your chances, but even thin individuals can be at risk, which is why routine check-ins are so important. For the best results, make heart-healthy eating and regular exercise part of your daily routine.

4.) Reduce alcohol consumption
If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation. Too much alcohol can lead to serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart failure.

5.) Quit smoking or vaping
Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease. The chemicals you inhale when you smoke cause damage to your heart and blood vessels that makes you more likely to develop atherosclerosis, or plaque buildup in the arteries. Within your first year of quitting, your risk of heart disease is cut in half compared to those who still smoke.

We offer Nutrition Consultations
for Patients with High Cholesterol.

It’s never too late to make nutritional changes to benefit your health. Talk with our providers and ask if a nutrition consultation is right for you.  At Terros Health, we do more than just develop a nutrition plan for you — we provide ongoing learning and personalized support to help you throughout your journey to a healthier you.
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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and well-being of families throughout Arizona.

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We offer Nutrition Consultations
for Patients with High Cholesterol.

It’s never too late to make nutritional changes to benefit your health. Talk with our providers and ask if a nutrition consultation is right for you. At Terros Health, we do more than just develop a nutrition plan for you — we provide ongoing learning and personalized support to help you throughout your journey to a healthier you.

Terros Health
27th Avenue Health Center
3864 N 27th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 797-7000
Need driving directions?

Terros Health
Olive Health Center
6153 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
(602) 389-3560
Need driving directions?

Terros Health
McDowell Health Center
4909 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 302-7770
Need driving directions?

Terros Health
Stapley Health Center
1111 S Stapley Dr
Mesa, AZ 85204
(602) 302-7900
Need driving directions?

Donate to Terros Health

Your contribution will help in transforming the health and well-being of families throughout Arizona.

Terros health is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization and is also a Qualifying Charitable Organization
code 20295