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High Cholesterol and FH

Why You Should Be Tested for HIGH CHOLESTEROL and FH Treating High Cholesterol WHY CHOLESTEROL MATTERS: Why You Should Be Tested for High Cholesterol and FH If your critical numbers are not within healthy ranges, you may very well be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease. Your healthcare provider will work with you to help you make improvements to your overall health and to keep your risks for serious conditions at bay. In most cases, the initial approach is to make changes to your diet and level of physical activity. Eating Healthy No matter who you are and what your health situation is, eating a heart-healthy diet makes good sense. If you have high cholesterol or abnormal numbers for any of the other key measurements, it’s that much more important. A good place to begin when making changes to your diet is to cut down on foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fat and trans fats. All of these types of fats are bad for you because they raise your LDL and triglyceride levels. Dietary cholesterol is found in animal products, so keep those to a minimum in your daily fare. How to Read a Food Label Nutrition Facts Serving Size 1 cup (240g) Servings Per Container 2 Amount Per Serving Calories 100 Calories from Fat 20 % Daily Value* Total Fat 2g 3% Saturated Fat 0g 0% Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 70mg 3% Total Carbohydrate 17g 6% Dietary Fiber 3g 12% Sugars 5g Protein 4g Vitamin A 70% • Vitamin C 20% Calcium 15% • Iron 8% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Serving size This tells you how much of the food makes up one serving. If you eat more than one serving, all the other values increase. Fat This is the total amount of fat in each serving. Limit saturated fats and avoid trans fats. Both are bad for your health. Cholesterol This tells you how much cholesterol is in a serving. It’s wise to limit your daily cholesterol intake. Sodium (salt) This is the total amount of sodium in each serving given in milligrams (mg). Try to eat less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Total carbohydrate (starches) This tells you how many grams of carbohydrate are in one serving. 1 © 2014 Mended Hearts and StayWell. All rights reserved. How to Read a Food Label Download/print this PDF 10


High Cholesterol and FH
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