Cholesterol: Information you should know
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - In recognition of Cholesterol Awareness month, Dr. Michael Adenaike, from Summit Cardiology, provided information you should know about cholesterol.
"Cholesterol is plaque that forms in the body's arteries narrowing the space for blood to flow to the heart and over time can cause build up which can lead to heart disease," Dr. Adenaike explained.
Quick facts to know about Cholesterol
- There are two major types of cholesterol: Good (HDL) and Bad (LDL).
- Good heart health requires a balance of good and bad cholesterol.
- Low triglycerides are also important for maintaining a healthy heart.
- Fast foods are VERY high in triglycerides and bad cholesterol and consumption should be minimized.
- Exercise and increased physical activity is best for raising good cholesterol (HDL).
- Reading food labels will lead to better decisions in food choices that can lower bad cholesterol.
- The combination of smoking and high cholesterol accelerates the chain reaction that leads to heart attacks.
- Foods high in sugars not only lead to diabetes but also high triglyceride levels, which is bad for your heart.
Dr. Adenaike practices at Summit Cardiology at 755 Norland Ave., Suite 201, Chambersburg, Pa
Summit Health, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to building a healthier community through leading-edge medical technology, skilled physicians, caring staff, and convenient locations. Summit Health's comprehensive selection of services and providers includes family physicians, surgeons, specialists, diagnostic services, a women's health center, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.