From the Parish Nurse, Dora Muller

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows…”  Ralph Marston

During the past spelling bee competition, there was a big and familiar word…hypercholesterolemia.  In other words, high levels of cholesterol in the blood.  Cholesterol is manufactured by all animal cells.  It is the precursor of vitamin D, steroid hormones, and bile acid.  We all need a little cholesterol as fuel to maintain body functions.  However, excess cholesterol can be detrimental to our health.  To maintain healthy cholesterol levels, it is necessary to follow a diet free or low in cholesterol and to increase physical activity.  During your next physical appointment, discuss with your physician the better course of action on how to control your levels.  Moreover, we all know that the pharmaceutical industry has many options of drugs that aid to reduce the cholesterol level.  In addition, a diet that emphasizes low cholesterol foods and reduced saturated fats is a must.  The internet, physicians’ offices, and health clinics usually offer good tips on how to develop good eating habits and how to cook healthy foods without compromising flavor.  Also, lifestyle changes possibly are often necessary, such as limiting alcohol intake and smoking cessation.  With careful management, we can still enjoy a desirable diet and at the same time improve our cholesterol levels.