Our bodies need cholesterol to function properly, but too much can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.
The American Heart Association recommends adults have their cholesterol checked every 4-6 years, and yearly if diagnosed with high cholesterol, diabetes, or heart disease.
Here’s what you should aim for:
HDL, "Good Cholesterol":
Men > 40
Women > 50
Need to raise your HDL? Exercise!
Adults should aim to get 150 minute of moderate physical activity weekly
LDL, "Bad Cholesterol":
Less than 130
Need to lower your LDL? Diet change!
More fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats
Omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, walnuts, and flax seeds
Soluble Fiber, such as oatmeal, kidney beans, Brussels sprouts, apples, pears, eggplant, okra and barley