Kids

You want the best for your child, from good nutrition to effective discipline to a breadth of life opportunities.

Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive condition, but it can be managed with help from your family, your friends and your health care team.

Heart

Heart disease is the biggest health risk Americans face today. If you don’t have heart disease now, you can help prevent it.

Quiz

Aplastic anemia is a rare blood disorder that affects the growth of blood cells. "Aplastic" means "lack of growth."

Health Tip

A Guide to Fats

Fats are a group of chemical compounds that contain fatty acids. Energy is stored in your body mostly in the form of fat. There are three main types of fatty acids: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Reducing all types of fat in your diet is best.

  • Saturated fats are found mostly in foods of animal origin: meat, poultry skin, butter, cheese and partially hydrogenated oils. Saturated fats increase the LDL (bad) cholesterol level in your blood.

  • Polyunsaturated fats are found in corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean and sunflower oils. They can reduce LDL cholesterol levels but in excess they may also reduce HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

  • Monounsaturated fats are the primary fats in olive, peanut, sesame and canola oils. They raise HDL cholesterol as they lower LDL cholesterol, but they should be consumed in moderation.

  • Trans-fats are found in hydrogenated vegetable oils such as margarines and shortenings, and in many commercially made desserts. Trans-fats raise LDL and lower HDL cholesterol.