The Role of Food and Your Health: Cholesterol

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /

– [Narrator] Cholesterol. It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. In fact, cholesterol is just
one of the many substances created and used by our
bodies to keep us healthy. What is cholesterol, exactly? And where does it come from? Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream and
in all your body’s cells. Your body makes all the
cholesterol it needs. Low-density lipoprotein,
LDL, or bad cholesterol, can join with fats and other substances to build up in the inner
walls of your arteries. The arteries can become
clogged and narrow, and blood flow is reduced. High-density lipoprotein, HDL, or good, carries harmful cholesterol
away from the arteries and helps protect you from
heart attack and stroke. It’s important to know
your cholesterol levels and to talk with your healthcare provider. There are some key tips for success to help keep your
cholesterol levels in check. Try eating a diet rich in
fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products,
poultry, fish, and nuts, while reducing red meat and
sugar foods and beverages. Try getting more active. Enjoy at least 150 minutes
per week of moderate activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity spread throughout the week
to help manage cholesterol. Finally, always remember to talk with your own medical provider to discuss the best plan
of action for your health. (calm music)

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