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Unformatted text preview: THE BASICS OF NUTRITION AND GOOD HEALTH Introduction Chronic disease is a leading cause of early death in the U.S. Evidence suggests that lifestyle is a significant factor in this trend. Consuming too many calories or eating too much fat increases risk of heart disease. Of particular concern are eating patterns high in saturated fat and low in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The National Institutes of Health recommends that, starting at age 20, everyone should have their blood cholesterol levels measured every five years. A relationship exists between high levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) and elevated risk of heart disease. Conversely, high levels of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) are associated with a decreased risk. LDL is the vehicle for unhealthy cholesterol buildup in arteries, while HDL removes arterial cholesterol deposits and transports them back to the liver. Over 97 million adults living in the U.S. are overweight or obese, which has a direct impact on their ability to maintain good health and avoid disease. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure used to assess health implications of body fat. BMI is calculated by dividing weight in kilograms by height in meters squared. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 kg/m 2 is considered normal. Learning Outcomes Recognize the impact of lifestyle on health status List the major causes of chronic disease in the U.S. that are nutrition related Match blood cholesterol values with category of risk for heart disease Correlate excess body weight with associated chronic disease risk Describe how overweight and obese classifications are determined Demonstrate how to measure Body Mass Index Show the relationship between waist circumference and risk of chronic disease Recognize the difference between diabetes Types 1 and 2 List symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes Outline the symptoms of gestational diabetes Define pre-diabetes Match plasma glucose test results with diagnosis (normal, pre-diabetes, diabetes) Place plasma glucose results for gestational diabetes on scale to assess presence of condition Chronic Disease THE BASICS OF NUTRITION AND GOOD HEALTH Chronic disease is a leading cause of early death in the United States. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that chronic disease negatively impacts the quality of life for 90 million people and accounts for 70% of all deaths. The nationwide prevalence of this type of illness reduces productivity and contributes to unprecedented medical costs. Widely available evidence points to lifestyle as a determining factor that influences the risk of...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course NTSU 101 taught by Professor Craft during the Spring '06 term at North Texas.
- Spring '06