Health Matters

Controlling Your Cholesterol

Guest: Dr. Frene’ LaCour-Chestnut

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Cholesterol isn’t all bad. Dr. Frene' LaCour-Chestnut, faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine says it’s important to understand cholesterol for better health.

“It's an essential substance in our blood used to build cells and make hormones. When GOOD cholesterol called HDL is high, it helps protect you from cardiovascular disease, whereas, when BAD cholesterol called LDL is high it puts you at a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes. You want LDL to be low.”

Lifestyle changes that may decrease BAD cholesterol include:

  • Losing weight
  • Being active
  • Avoiding fried foods, red meat, butter, or other foods high in fat

“People with Type II diabetes, history of heart disease or stroke, benefit from taking cholesterol reducing medication. Talk with your doctor to see if lifestyle changes or medication is needed to improve your cholesterol.”

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