Local doctors say, women need to watch their cholesterol
POSTED: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 3:51am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 5:05pm
AS REPORTED IN THE LUFKIN DAILY NEWS:
The leading killer in women — heart disease — starts with numerous factors, including high cholesterol.
At Wednesday’s Women’s Power Lunch at Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin, internal medicine physician Hunt Huber told the group of women that half would die from some kind of disease or event related to high cholesterol.
It was a startling declaration that brought a few nervous giggles from the women.
Huber, who works at Angelina Internal Medicine, said cholesterol numbers are individualized.
Cholesterol is a soft, fat-like substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body’s cells, according to the American Heart Association. Too much cholesterol in the blood increases the risk for heart disease and stroke.
The American Heart Association says a cholesterol level of 200 mg/dL or higher is considered too high. LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein, and is the main carrier of harmful cholesterol in your blood. HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein, and the more the better.
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