Usually when we talk about lowering cholesterol, we are looking for the LDL (low-density lipoproteins) levels, also known as “bad” cholesterol. High cholesterol is bad because it puts you at a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. To lower cholesterol, you need to make some lifestyle changes and, as a last resort, you may need to take some medication
Limit High-Cholesterol Foods
Cholesterol is found in fatty cuts of meat, eggs and milk. Choose lean meat instead and goals for a few meat-free food every week.
Eat more fiber
Diets that have proper amounts of soluble fiber to do more to reduce cholesterol levels than just cutting down on fat alone. Eat more slowly cooked oatmeal and oat bread.
Get more exercise
A daily walk of 30 minutes can go a long way toward raising HDL “good” cholesterol. Although you do not need to lose weight, exercise helps because good cholesterol fighting bad cholesterol.
You know that smoking is bad for you and if you still puff, quit now. The benefits of quitting smoking overtake only to lower the bad cholesterol numbers and in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and blood pressure.
Even if you are not excessively overweight, cholesterol still plague your body if you need to shed pounds. Just lost five to 10 pounds can reduce cholesterol numbers.
Depending on cholesterol and effort you have made to lower LDL cholesterol on its own, your doctor may suggest medications that can help.
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