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Recommended Cholesterol Levels

Your close friend heard that you are taking Human Nutrition and you obviously know a great deal about fat and cholesterol. The friend indicates that he (she) consumes about 35% of fat. The individual blood cholesterol level = 270 mg/dL, HDL =25 mg/dL, LDL = 170 mg/dL, and Triglyceride level = 422 mg/dL. What do these numbers mean and what advise should you give to your friend?

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The friend indicates that he (she) consumes about 35% of fat. The individual blood cholesterol level = 270 mg/dL, HDL =25 mg/dL, LDL = 170 mg/dL, and Triglyceride level = 422 mg/dL. What do these numbers mean and what advise should you give to your friend?

The friend should try to reduce her fat intake so that it is somewhere between 20 to 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and vegetable oils.

Her total cholesterol level of 270 mg/dL is high and this ...

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American Heart Association recommendations for Cholesterol levels and explanations.

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