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The Low-Down on Cholesterol

Cholesterol can be both good and bad, so it's important to learn what cholesterol is, how it affects your health and how to manage your blood cholesterol levels.

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To control your cholesterol, get a cholesterol screening, eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and follow all your healthcare professional's recommendations.

LDL and HDL Cholesterol

Arteries When too much LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can slowly build up in the inner walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain. Together with other substances it can form plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog those arteries. About one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL cholesterol is known as the "good" cholesterol because a high level of it seems to protect against heart attack.

The Triglyceride Connection

Triglyceride is a form of fat. It comes from food and is also made in your body. People with high triglycerides often have a high total cholesterol, a high LDL cholesterol and a low HDL cholesterol level. Many people with heart disease also have high triglyceride levels. People with diabetes or who are obese are also likely to have high triglycerides.

Cholesterol Levels

  • Desirable -- Less than 200 mg/dL
  • Borderline high risk -- 200 to 239 mg/dL
  • High risk -- 240 mg/dL and over

Desirable
If your total cholesterol is less than 200 mg/dL, your heart attack risk is relatively low, unless you have other risk factors. Even with a low risk, it's still smart to eat foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and also get plenty of physical activity.

Borderline high risk
People whose cholesterol level is from 200 to 239 mg/dL are borderline high risk. About a third of American adults are in this (borderline) group; almost half of adults have total cholesterol levels below 200 mg/dL.

High risk
If your total cholesterol level is 240 or more, it's definitely high. Your risk of heart attack and stroke is greater. In general, people who have a total cholesterol level of 240 mg/dL have twice the risk of coronary heart disease as people whose cholesterol level is 200 mg/dL.

What is cholesterol good for?

Cholesterol makes cell membranes and hormones and is vital to a healthy existance -- in appropriate levels.

Where you get cholesterol: Meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs.

Unicity Balance for Cholesterol

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Unicity Balance for Cholesterol# will:

  • Curb hunger so you eat less and feel full longer
  • Promote optimal fat loss
  • Slow glucose absorption into the blood stream
  • Offset the carbohydrates you eat
  • Support healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels

Cholestasys Normal Cholesterol Support Formula

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Cholestasys Normal Cholesterol Support# is an excellent choice for those wanting to maintain healthy cholesterol levels naturally. This unique formula contains policosanol, tocotrienols, gugulipids, soy isoflavones, and B vitamins. If you are looking for natural support for healthy cholesterol levels, Cholesterol Support is a complete solution.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, adults take three (3) tablets daily at mealtime, or as directed by a health care professional. Store in a cool, dry place and away from direct light.

See also: Lowering Dietary Cholesterol

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