What’s the first thing you think about when you hear about cholesterol? You may link it to a disease caused by foods like eggs and shrimp. Today we want to help you understand what cholesterol is, why it’s important that you know about this disease, and give you some tips on how to keep it under control when your levels are high.
Let’s start by defining what cholesterol is. According to WebMD, cholesterol is a fatty substance created by the liver, and which is also present in certain foods. It’s a vital substance for the body, but too much of it can pose a health risk. Here are some tips on how to keep it under control and reduce it to healthy levels:
Know Your Levels and Set a Target
The first thing you have to do is get screened to learn your cholesterol levels. From there, set a realistic goal with a predetermined timeframe. It’s important to you’re your cholesterol regularly so you can see your progress.
Medication Could be an Option
Sometimes dieting or changing your eating habits is not enough and you need the additional support of medication. It’s important to consult your doctor about your options.
Improve Your Good Cholesterol Levels
Research shows that exercise helps increase “good” cholesterol levels up to 10 percent. You don’t need to run a marathon to see results – walking a little each day can help.
Avoid Saturated Fat
This one step can make a big impact: lower your intake of saturated fat to help lower your bad cholesterol. A good tip is to use more olive oil or canola oil instead of vegetable oils, butter, margarine or lard.
Time for Some Fiber
Fiber is everywhere! You can find it in fruits, vegetables, and foods rich in whole grains. Fiber is a powerful ally in lowering cholesterol, and a great way to reduce or maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
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