Cholesterol Education Month: Key Facts & Prevention Tips
September is Cholesterol Education Month. At Highland Family Medicine, we are
committed to ensuring our community is informed and equipped to tackle the challenges
of high cholesterol.
So, why is awareness so vital?
Understanding High Cholesterol: Quick Facts
What is cholesterol? It’s a waxy substance found in your blood and cells. While it’s
essential for building healthy cells, too much of it can lead to plaque in the arteries,
increasing the risk of heart disease or stroke.
Sources of High Cholesterol: Contrary to popular belief, dietary cholesterol from food
isn’t the sole contributor. Other factors like genetics, age, and lifestyle choices,
especially a diet high in saturated and trans fats, can elevate cholesterol levels.
Prevention is Key
Here’s how you can help keep cholesterol in check:
- Balanced Diet: Incorporate more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet.
Be mindful of fats found in red meats and dairy, and avoid trans fats altogether.
- Stay Active: Many organizations recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise most
days of the week.
- Maintain a Healthy Weight: This factor is different for everyone, but you can consult
your doctor about a healthy weight for your body.
- Regular Screenings: Regular check-ups and screenings can help monitor your
cholesterol levels and enable timely interventions if needed.
Join us this September in spreading the word and taking proactive steps toward a
healthy future. Your health is our priority at Highland Family Medicine. Together, let’s
combat high cholesterol, one informed decision at a time. You can book an appointment
with Highland Family Medicine by calling 615-890-4810.