Managing your cholesterol levels is one of many ways to cut down on your chances of developing heart disease.
The following is a list of some of the keys to manage your cholesterol:
1. Moderate exercise at least 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes or more. Of course you should check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
2. Adopt a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Fad diets are not going to do you any good. You may lose weight and lower your cholesterol in the short term. But as soon as you drift away from the diet and back towards your old habits, the weight (and cholesterol) will come right back. You need to be following a balanced diet that you can continue to follow for a lifetime.
3. Increase your intake of fibers.
4. Stop smoking. This is a must do. Otherwise, even if the cholesterol doesn't get you, the lung cancer or emphysema will.
5. Reaching and maintaining your ideal body weight. Following 1, 2 and 3 above will go a long way towards helping you with your weight.
6. Reduce your stress levels. High stress can lead to poor eating habits which won't help you with 2, 3 and 5 above.
7. Pick your parents well. Genetics is a leading reason for high cholesterol.
Lower-Your-Cholesterol.net is not dispensing medical advice. Questions about your own cholesterol levels should be addressed to your physician.
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