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You Can't Change Your Genes

This article, entitled High cholesterol...who me? comes from partner site Fat Fighter TV.

I’m still a little numb from the words: You have high cholesterol.

The lab results from my doctor’s office were in. And I was stunned. High cholesterol? Me??? How is this possible? I eat healthy. I exercise. But my genes. Those dang genes. I’ve always known my healthy lifestyle was my ammunition to fight them. But something’s not working. I have to fight harder.

I’ve shared with you here how my mom died of heart disease. And here about my dad and his two heart attacks. He takes medication to lower his cholesterol.

The fact that heart disease runs in my family scares me. That I have high cholesterol terrifies me. How could I let this happen? Have I not been watching my diet as closely as I thought?

I have to take control and really monitor what I eat. I’m starting with this refresher – recommendations from the American Heart Association:

• Limit total fat intake to less than 25–35 percent of your total calories each day;

• Limit saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of total daily calories;

• Limit trans fat intake to less than 1 percent of total daily calories;

• The remaining fat should come from sources of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds, fish and vegetable oils; and

• Limit cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg per day, for most people. If you have coronary heart disease or your LDL cholesterol level is 100 mg/dL or greater, limit your cholesterol intake to less than 200 milligrams a day.

I can’t change my genes. But I can… and must fight harder.

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