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Quiz: Confused About Cholesterol?

Find out how much you know about keeping cholesterol levels normal.

True or False?

1. If I take medication, I don’t need to take other steps to manage my cholesterol.

2. I should read food labels for cholesterol information.

3. A daily 30-minute fast walk cuts cholesterol.

Answers

1. False. Medications such as statins can help control cholesterol, but don’t depend on medication to do it all. Remember to also get regular exercise, eat a heart-healthy diet and not smoke.

2. True. Keep your daily cholesterol intake lower than 200 mg per day. Try to avoid trans fats, such as hydrogenated oils found in baked goods. Saturated fats in high-fat meat and dairy products can cause trouble, too. Enjoy plenty of whole grains and fruits and veggies. Choose fat-free or low-fat milk

products, lean meat and poultry without skin. Use unsaturated vegetable oils, such as canola and olive oil.

3. True. Aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart pumping, lowers your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol. It also raises HDL, or “good” cholesterol, which helps protect your heart.

HAP’s HealthTrack Program has registered Nurse Health Coaches, as well as behavioral health specialists and pharmacists, who will help you sort out any questions or problems you may be having with your health. Give us a call toll-free at (800) 288-2902. Or if you’d like more information or tools for any of the conditions we discuss in this newsletter, our Web site hap.org is a great reference that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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