Harbor View Medical Clinic

Thomas C. Thomas M.D.
110 Westwoods Dr.
Liberty, MO 64068

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Understanding Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like material found only in foods of animal origin. It can be found among the lipids in the bloodstream and all of the body's cells. Cholesterol is essential to the health of our body since it is used in the production of cell membranes, hormones and some tissues. However, the risk of coronary heart disease is higher when the levels of blood cholesterol increase.

What is Normal Cholesterol?
According to the National Institute of Health, more than 50% of all adult Americans have blood cholesterol levels higher than "desirable" (less than 200 milligrams/deciliter). Half of these people have levels that are considered "high" (240 milligrams/deciliter or greater). Individuals with blood cholesterol levels of 200 milligrams/deciliter or greater should consult their physician for advice and treatment. Health experts recommend a diet that contains less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day.

Reduce Cholesterol
Reducing cholesterol and saturated fat in the diet is a smart dietary change. However, no single action will ensure good health. A diet based on the principles of balance, variety and moderation, along with healthful lifestyle habits, can minimize the risk of heart disease.

(Read an excellent article about Cholesterol at Harvard School of Public Health.)

Internet Resources.

Web MD offers usefull information about various health related issues as well as common treatments.

Family Medicine Net Guide reviews and compiles the very best of the medical Internet. Llists the most complete and reliable online resources and tools relating to a variety of conditions. Provides articles and departments that will help you find additional online information.

Harvard School of Public Health
Maintained by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. The "Nutrition Source" is designed to get you started down the path toward the healthiest diet possible. Here, we explore the latest science about healthy eating for adults, answering key questions about what you should eat.

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Get the latest Health Headlines. Patients and consumers can learn more about allergy and asthma medications from the Online Medicaiton Guide. Find an extensive library of information in this center to help you learn more about allergic disease.

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