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Why Profiling is Good for You

When you were a teen the most important number to know was your SAT score, then in your twenties it was your car's horsepower, and then when you were finally grown-up, it was the interest rate on your mortgage. But one of the most important numbers to know--the one that can save your life--are the numbers in your lipid profile.

A fasting lipoprotein profile is used to determine your total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride numbers. High cholesterol is a major risk for heart disease and knowing your numbers will help you know where you stand and what actions you should take.

September is National Educational Cholesterol Month and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) wants you to know your numbers and to know just what to do about it.

"Lifestyle is crucial for lowering cholesterol but it's not enough to tell
people it's important--you have to help them do it. This guide offers a set of
tools to help people get started and to embrace a heart-healthier way of
living," said the NHLBI's James Cleeman, M.D., coordinator of the National
Cholesterol Education Program.

Here are some simple steps you can take:

  • Calculate your risk for heart disease
  • Discuss your risk for heart disease with your health care provider
  • Choose foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol
  • Calculate your body mass index (BMI) and reduce weight if necessary
  • Practice moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day (can be brokenn up into three, ten minute session)
  • Don't smoke

In observance of National Educational Cholesterol Month join Healthline to learn all about heart disease and what your cholesterol numbers mean by reading High Blood Cholesterol—What You Need to Know. And use this guide to take aim at lowering your cholesterol.

TAGS: Cholesterol, Heart Disease, Healthline, Lipid Profile, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, Body Mass Index, Lipoprotein, NHLBI

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