Sep 13, 2010

Savvy Lifestyle : Cholesterol and Glucose Check!

Yesterday I had a chance to have my blood tested and I had my Cholesterol and Glucose checked.I'm happy to say that everything is fine. My mother had her blood tests a few months ago and found out her numbers were not favorable and it could have negative effects on her heart in the long run. So not only did she do a lifestyle change (exercising, less stress, better eating habits) but she also encouraged my sisters and I to get our blood tested too.

Here are a list of facts about Chloesterol according to

* Cholesterol is a type of lipid (as is fat).
* Cholesterol can come from animal-based foods such as meat or eggs, but not plant-based foods like vegetables or fruits. It's also made by your body.
* LDL is "bad" cholesterol. HDL is "good" cholesterol.
* A blood test can check your cholesterol level.
* Exercise and a healthy diet may improve your cholesterol levels.
* Medications can help control cholesterol, when necessary.

Here are the optimal cholesterol levels to shoot for:

* Total cholesterol should be below 200 mg/dL, unless HDL is high.
* LDL lower than 100 mg/dL
* HDL 60 mg/dL or higher

And here are a few reasons to also get your glucose checked according to

* Check for diabetes.
* Monitor treatment of diabetes.
* Check for diabetes that occurs during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).
* Determine if an abnormally low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) is present. A test to measure blood levels of insulin and a protein called C-peptide may be done along with a blood glucose test to determine the cause of hypoglycemia. For more information, see the medical test C-Peptide.

So ladies lets get focused on good health and make sure you have these areas checked.

Make sure you pass this information on to another Savvy Sistah"

Originally posted 2/09


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