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My total cholesterol is 240. Is it really over that much to worry about?

A total cholesterol of 240 does put you at a higher risk for heart disease. Also, knowing your HDL (good cholesterol) and LDL (bad cholesterol) levels is important. The higher your HDL the better, as it can help take away the bad cholesterol. Other risk factors that increase your risk of heart disease include smoking, family history and obesity.

Following a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat is important in lowering your cholesterol level. Consume more whole grains, fruits and vegetables, limit foods with hidden fats and sweets.

Exercise is another important key to our overall heart health. Walking is always the best form of exercise, but check with your physician before starting an exercise program.

Visit the American Heart Association website for more information. Or have your physician refer you to a registered dietitian for more information.

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BJC dietitians also can be located by calling Help For Your Health at 314.747.7234.

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