Healthy Heart for Women

February 4th, 2016 No Comments

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Heart Health for Women

Q: At what age should women begin checking their cholesterol?

A: Women should begin checking their cholesterol levels at age 45 and men at age 35. Smokers, diabetics, and those with a family history of heart disease should start at age 20.

Exercise and having a heart-healthy diet contribute to keeping your cholesterol levels in check. the American Heart Association suggests eating a variety of foods from each food group.

Cholesterol-lowering foods to eat:

  • Multi-grain foods (oats, bran)
  • Fish high in fat (salmon, albacore tuna, trout, sardines, mackerel)
  • Fruits and vegetables which have antioxidants (red beans, pinto beans, black bean, blueberries, cranberries, prunes, strawberries, raspberries, plums, apples, pecans, artichoke)
  • Omega-3 rich foods (salmon, trout, fresh tuna, mackerel, halibut, spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, walnuts)

Limit your intake of these foods:

  • Foods high in saturated fat (beef, lamb, pork, butter, cheese, egg yolk)
  • Processed meats (sausages, hot dogs, cold cuts)
  • Fried foods (French fries, fried chicken, donuts)
  • Foods with simple sugars (candy, cake, baked goods, soft drinks)
  • Shortening and saturated oil (use olive oil or canola oil instead)

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