Thursday, July 10, 2008

Manage your cholesterol naturally

Knowledge and self care go a long way in cholesterol management. Get a blood profile done regularly so you know your HDL and LDL numbers. Overall cholesterol level is considered high if equal to or over 240 mg/dL. LDL cholesterol of 190 mg/dL and over is considered high and HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL is considered low.

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High LDL levels are generally on account of excessive trans fats and saturated fats in the diet. It is recommended that no more than 30% of total calories should be from fats.

Nutrient composition of a Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet:

Nutrient Recommended intake
Saturated fat Less than 7% of total calories
Polyunsaturated fat Up to 10% of total calories
Monounsaturated fat Up to 20% of total calories
Total fat 25-35% of total calories
Carbohydrate 50-60% of total calories
Fiber 20-30g/day
Protein Approximately 15% of total calories
Cholesterol Less than 200 mg/day

Energy intake and expenditure should be balanced to maintain optimum weight. It is recommended that daily energy expenditure should include moderate exercise contributing at least 200Kcal per day.

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