Monday, November 3, 2008

Day 218- Nutrition Bite

What is your HDL/LDL level? LDL is the bad cholesterol level. The lower your LDL cholesterol, the lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. In fact, the LDL is a better gauge of risk than total blood cholesterol. On the other hand, HDL is the good cholesterol level, and higher levels are better. Low HDL cholesterol puts you at higher risk for heart disease. An HDL cholesterol of 60 mg/dL or higher gives some protection against heart disease. In general, LDL and HDL levels fall into these categories:

LDL Cholesterol Levels
Less than 100 mg/dL__________________ Optimal
100 to 129 mg/dL_____________________Near Optimal/ Above Optimal
130 to 159 mg/dL_____________________Borderline High
160 to 189 mg/dL_____________________High
190 mg/dL and above__________________Very High

HDL Cholesterol Levels
Less than 40 mg/dL for men_____________High risk
Less than 50 mg/dL for women___________High risk
Higher than 60 mg/dL for men and women___Optimal
Sugar Preacher's Experience
Dinner conversation last night was centered around HDL/LDL levels, thus the information. Students in my spin class are working on reducing their LDL levels. I was so excited that one student a few weeks ago went off all her cholesterol medication because of exercise and diet!!

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