Routine blood work can be done to test whether or not you have high cholesterol. The challenge for many lies in determining
what the numbers mean and what risks you may be at for developing other health conditions, including heart disease.
This blood work measures three different components:
The general standard for healthy levels state your LDL should optimally be below 100, HDL should be above 40 for men and above 50 for women, and your triglycerides value should stay below 150. So what can you do if your levels are a little high?
Jeffrey Marogil, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, offers the following suggestions for keeping your cholesterol in check:
Do you know what your cholesterol levels are? Have you made any changes in your diet or lifestyle to reduce them?
Let’s put the heart back into February. Aside from Valentine’s Day, this month is a great time to give some heartfelt
attention to our cardiovascular systems. Small changes can be made to your day-to-day routine to help keep your heart in shape.
Hani Salti, MD, shares the following advice for ensuring a healthy heart:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through their
Million Hearts™ Initiative identifies the “ABCS” of improving cardiovascular care: Aspirin for those at risk; Blood pressure control; Cholesterol management; and Smoking cessation.
How do you keep your heart healthy?
There are many supplements on the market to help treat arthritis pain—some more widely accepted and used than others. One
of the more common supplements, glucosamine, has become a popular treatment option, but has also been under some debate about its effectiveness.
Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, Director of the Integrative Medicine program, says that clinically she has seen that glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM has been helpful for
treating arthritic pain. However, she also recommends that if you have concerns you can go off of it. If your arthritis pain comes back and you haven’t done anything differently, you can always go back on it. It can have interactions with medications like
the blood thinner, warfarin, so be sure to check with your doctor whether you may safely take this supplement.
She also provides some tips and recommendations for alternative treatment methods of mild-to- moderate arthritis:
What methods do you employ to reduce pain? Have you seen a connection between your lifestyle (diet, sleep and stress levels) with your pain?
This past week, diabetes has taken the spotlight after celebrity chef Paula Deen announced that she has Type 2 diabetes. As the most common form of diabetes, this condition affects more than eight percent of children and adults in the United States.
Mary Bennett, RD, LDN, CDE, a Diabetes Education Manager at NorthShore, identifies who is at risk for being diagnosed with diabetes. She also talks about key symptoms to be mindful of in her video interview.
According to Bennett, the following risk factors exist for diabetes:
What are you currently doing to help reduce your risk of diabetes?