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First Printing: December 2003 – Revised/Reprinted: 03/04, 07/06

Check labels before you buy.

  • Look for the Nutrition Facts panel.

  • Choose foods with the lowest “% Daily Value” of saturated fat and cholesterol per serving — no more than 20%.

    • The product on the right has 25% Daily Value of saturated fat per serving – that’s too much.

    • It has 10% Daily Value of cholesterol per serving – that’s okay.

  • Choose foods with 0 grams (NO) trans fat. This product has 2 grams per serving – don’t buy it!

  • To help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, choose foods high in fiber – more than 20% Daily Value per serving.

If you smoke, quit now. Smoking lowers good (HDL) cholesterol. For free help, call 311 and ask for the Smokers’ Quitline.

Medications. When diet and exercise aren’t enough, cholesterol-lowering medicines are safe and effective. REMEMBER, if you are prescribed medication, it only protects your heart if you take it!

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

  • What are my cholesterol levels?

  • Are these levels ideal for me?

  • What diet and lifestyle changes are right for me?

  • If you are prescribed a medication, always ask:

  • How long and how often will I need to take it?

  • Are there any side effects?

  • Is a less expensive “generic” form available? More Information

  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program: nyc.gov/heart or call 311 and ask for Cholesterol

  • American Heart Association: www.americanheart.org/cholesterol or 1-800-AHA-USA-1 (1-800-242-8721)

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/cvh

  • National Institutes of Health: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/chd

  • American Academy of Physicians: www.familydoctor.org/029.xml

  • MedicineNet: www.medicinenet.com/cholesterol/article.htm

For copies of any Health Bulletin

All Health Bulletins are also available at nyc.gov/health Visit nyc.gov/health/e-mail for a free e-mail subscription

For a postal subscription, e-mail your name and address to healthcml@health.nyc.gov

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