Don't Pig Out on Labor Day!

Eating right could save your life.
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Don’t Pig Out on Labor Day!

Eating right could save your life.

-Jane Farrell


It’s hard to believe, but we’re hurtling toward the end of the summer season, with only one big weekend, Labor Day, left. That’s one barbecue/beer/pina colada blowout before we slide into fall.

So how healthy did you eat this summer? If you’re like most of us, you probably really tried, but you slipped at least occasionally. That’s nothing to be ashamed of – it’s just being human, so put it behind you.

As we’re heading into fall, though, with its heavy comfort foods (mashed potatoes and gravy, anyone?) you might want to consider your cholesterol levels and how they’re affected by your eating. It’s not exclusively an “old people” issue. Researchers have found that women in the 20s have a big risk of heart disease later on in life if they have even moderately high cholesterol levels.

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Besides heart disease, which includes atherosclosis, coronary heart disease and angina, high cholesterol means it’s more likely that you’ll have a stroke. All these conditions can be fatal. Even scarier is the fact that people often don’t know they have heart disease until it’s too late.

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