How to Deal with High Cholestorol
There is a lot of information about high cholesterol and heart disease; Dealing with high cholesterol doesn’t have to be difficult.
Here are some simple things you can do to deal with high cholesterol.
Did you know that 150 minutes of exercise, or 2½ hours, a week can reduce both cholesterol and blood pressure? This means that you must be active for half an hour for five days during the week. If that seems a lot to you at the beginning, make it your goal to achieve it. The most important thing is to stay active and continue. Physical activity and fitness are important for general health and heart health. Find an activity you like and start!
People who smoke have an increased risk of heart disease. However, if you have high cholesterol and smoke levels, the risk of heart disease increases even more than others. If you stop smoking, you can lower your cholesterol. This can lead to healthier arteries, a healthier heart and better health!
LDL (bad cholesterol) increases in people who are overweight or obese. At the same time, its good cholesterol (HDL) content decreases. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce bad cholesterol. And as an additional benefit, you can also have a better quality of life!
You don’t have to do this alone.
Take the time to talk with your healthcare team (including your doctor or nurse) about how to control your cholesterol level. If you are prescribed a medication, be sure to take it according to your doctor’s instructions. Ask questions if something is not clear to you. And never stop taking medication without first talking to your doctor.
According to the American Heart Association, cholesterol should be checked every 4 to 6 years in every adult 20 years or older. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, your doctor may request more tests to determine how your medications are working and if changes in your treatment are needed. Regular monitoring of your cholesterol level can also show you how changes in your lifestyle affect your cholesterol level.