Unit 2 Assignment Essay

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I am going to go over you cholesterol panel from your blood work and answer any questions you may have about your cholesterol. Your results may look confusing to you now but I am going to explain and help you understand what you see here. Here is the results of your cholesterol panel: Test | Result | Triglycerides | 145 mg/dL | Cholesterol | 210 mg/dL | HDL | 33 mg/dL | LDL | 160 mg/dL | Mr. Brown: What are triglycerides? Crystal: On your blood work it shows your Triglycerides levels are at 145 mg/dL. Your levels show on a range under 150 mg/dL which means it is where it needs to be. Triglycerides are the form of fats and oils that is stored in your body. They come from the food we eat and are also being produced by our body. Triglyceride levels are influenced by recent fat and alcohol intake, and should be measured after fasting for at least 12 hours and a period of abstinence from alcohol is advised before testing for triglycerides. When your triglyceride levels are elevated, it is considered to be a risk factor for atherosclerosis, which is hardening of the arteries. (“High cholesterol, n.d.”) Mr. Brown: What is cholesterol? That’s a great question! Cholesterol is a type of fat that is found in your blood. Your liver makes cholesterol from the foods that you are consuming each day. Foods like meat, eggs, cheese, butter, fish and milk all contain cholesterol in them. You need cholesterol in your body to help your brain, skin and other organs function at its best in your body, but eating too much of it is not a good idea. Cholesterol floats around in your blood and can get into the walls of the blood vessels. If your bloodwork shows that you have too much cholesterol in your bloodstream it could clog your blood vessels, which can keep your blood from moving throughout your body the way it is supposed to. If cholesterol builds up in a person’s blood

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