Should You Be Worried About Your Cholesterol Level?

High cholesterol? Low cholesterol? Bad? Good? LDL? HDL? There are a lot of facts and numbers thrown around when it comes to the subject of cholesterol, but few people understand what all of that information truly means.

Research shows that Blacks have a 30% greater chance of dying from heart disease than whites – and heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, regardless of race.

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According to the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, African Americans are actually less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease than whites, which may explain one of the reasons behind the disparity.

The lesson learned from this? Deciphering the information and knowing when to talk to your doctor can mean the difference between life and death.

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