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MAKING SENSE OF CHOLESTEROL

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

If you don't understand everything about cholesterol, you're not alone. Cholesterol can be confusing. There's good and bad cholesterol and numbers that go with each. To actively manage your cholesterol, you need to know about the different kinds of cholesterol and the different ways to reach your cholesterol goal.

KNOW THE BASICS. Cholesterol is a fat that your body needs. But too much of it can build up as plaque along the walls of your arteries, which can reduce blood flow and increase your risk of heart disease.

THE GOOD AND THE BAD. LDL is call "Bad" Cholesterol because it builds up in your arteries. HDL is known as "Good" Cholesterol because it helps remove the Bad Cholesterol from your body.

FOOD AND EXERCISE. Some foods, such as egg yolks and fatty red meat, increase LDL "Bad" Cholesterol levels. Regular physical activity can help raise HDL "Good" Cholesterol levels. Following a healthy diet and exercising regularly are important steps in lowering cholesterol but may not always be enough.

KNOW YOUR LDL NUMBER. Knowing your LDL Cholesterol number is important in managing your cholesterol because it gives you and your doctor a standard for good health - just like temperature, pulse and blood pressure. Keep in mind, the higher your LDL Cholesterol number, the greater your risk of developing heart disease.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR. Ask your doctor about your cholesterol and what your cholesterol numbers mean. Your doctor might suggest a different diet and more exercise. And sometimes, your doctor may prescribe medicine to help you reach your cholesterol goals. It's important to remember that it takes teamwork between you and your doctor to successfully manage cholesterol. Here are some questions to help you start the conversation:

What is my LDL Cholesterol number?

What should my LDL Cholesterol goal be?

If I eat well and exercise, can I get to goal?

What are the different types of medicines that treat cholesterol?

Do all medicines work in the same way?

  
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JUSTLYLE 11/25/2010 8:17AM

    Great blog, thanks so much for sharing. have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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MOM4407 11/23/2010 7:23PM

    Great information. You are right it is important not just to look at the total but to see the broken down to good and bad.


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UNICORN212 11/23/2010 2:59PM

    And if you have an underactive or dead thyroid, it will send your tryglycerides through the roof and increase your LDL. So if you have a sudden huge elevation in cholesterol, check your thyroid!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/23/2010 9:33AM

    Thanks for posting this - a lot of people also don't realize their cholesterol numbers change daily [even hourly] so it's a 'snapshot' of a moving object. One mean can make them go up but an overall healthy program of exercise, fiber and everything else that might help can also bring them down.

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STARLIGHT615 11/23/2010 9:16AM

    emoticon that is great information!!

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DDOORN 11/23/2010 9:06AM

    All are great points. I think for myself what has made a critical difference has been cardio workouts...I swear it just burns up all that extra cholesterol! :-)

Don

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YOUCANDOITSUE 11/23/2010 8:37AM

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Me - a motivational member?

Saturday, November 13, 2010

WOW!! When I saw the e-mail from SparkPeople just now that said I'd been voted a Motivational Member, I was floored!! I can't even express just how special that makes me feel.

Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much, everyone who voted for me! I will try to continue to encourage everyone because by doing that...I am helping not only you guys, but myself as well.

I wish I could really express just how much this means to me!!

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LEANGRL42 11/22/2010 2:44AM

    CONGRATS!!! YOU DEFINITELY MOTIVATE ME. THANK YOU SO MUCH1 emoticon

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HAZELDREAMS 11/15/2010 6:12AM

    WOW Congratulations!!

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CARMEL466 11/14/2010 5:56AM

    Congratulations. I've known you are a motivation member for a long time. Thank you so much!

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BIGMAMAT 11/13/2010 1:08PM

    Judy! That's wonderful! congratulations !!! sooooo happy for you!!! emoticon emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/13/2010 10:13AM

    You are inspirational and motivational and you deserve it. Have a great day.

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VENISEW1 11/13/2010 8:48AM

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55WALKER 11/13/2010 8:00AM

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LKWQUILTER 11/13/2010 8:00AM

    Way to go. You deserve it!!

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CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Well, it's that time again! Don't forget to turn those clocks back 1 hour. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Now, what will you do with that extra hour emoticon

Perhaps you will spend more time with family and loved ones. Or maybe you will go to the gym and get an extra boost of exercise.

Whatever you decide to do with that extra hour - don't waste it! Get outside and take a walk with family or loved ones - that way...you kill two birds with one stone!

Have a great day everyone!!

  
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DENI_ZEN 11/7/2010 12:36PM

    Hmm...I'll invest that extra hour in making the DH some raisin swirl bread. He'll approve! Hugs to you, and glad you remembered, Judy! - Sandi (who set 'em back last night :) emoticon

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OLYGIRL1 11/6/2010 3:13PM

    Down 2 lbs this week, I will use it plan for next week!!

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HOPE5764 11/6/2010 7:38AM

    Sleep with my extra hour.

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The Road to Success

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Try to discover the road to success, and you'll seek-but never find. But blaze your own path, and the road to success will trail right behind. -Robert Brault

I think we here at SparkPeople have all learned to do this (or are in the process of learning). That is why we are succeeding! Way to go, us!!!!

  
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DENI_ZEN 11/4/2010 1:29PM

    Yes, indeed! We've got to all devise our own plans, to a certain extent. It's a matter of coming up with a customized, healthy way to lose weight, one which accommodates our day-to-day lives. Great entry, Judy!! - Sandi emoticon

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PJSTIME 11/3/2010 7:25AM

    Yes we are all finding our own way to success. And the support of each other is a big part of our success. Have a great day. Onward and Downward

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A HALLOWEEN GIGGLE

Sunday, October 31, 2010

R.J.: Why are you wearing that ugly suit and tie to go trick-or-treating?

T.J.: So Iíll really scare people when they come to their doors.

R.J.: Who are you supposed to be?

T.J.: An IRS auditor.

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LKWQUILTER 10/31/2010 9:22AM

    LOL

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JUDITHANNIE 10/31/2010 9:12AM

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JATHUENER 10/31/2010 7:45AM

    LOL that will scare you

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JUSTJUSTY 10/31/2010 7:35AM

    Thanks and have yourself a Happy Halloween emoticon

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PJSTIME 10/31/2010 7:28AM

    Now that is scary. Have a Happy Halloween and stay away from the candy. emoticon

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