Take Control of Your Cholesterol
The goal of treatment for high cholesterol is to lower your low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) enough to reduce your risk of heart disease or a heart attack. Lowering cholesterol begins with lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and changing your diet. If lifestyle changes alone are not enough, medication may be called for.
Next: Exercise and High Cholesterol
A moderate exercise program, such as taking a brisk walk for 30 to 40 minutes a day on most, if not all, days, will help you keep your heart and blood vessels in shape and help lower cholesterol levels. Exercise will not only lower LDL, which is the "bad" cholesterol, but it also will raise HDL. Check with your doctor before starting any type of exercise program.
Next: Eat Less Animal-Based Food
Cholesterol comes from animals. If a food does not come from an animal (such as a fruit or vegetable), then it does not have cholesterol. The highest of high cholesterol foods are eggs and liver. An egg yolk has 213 mg of cholesterol.
Next: Lose Weight
The more weight a person gains, the more his or her cholesterol level tends to rise. For treating high cholesterol, a doctor will normally recommend that an overweight person lose weight. In fact, just a little weight loss can decrease your cholesterol level by about 10 percent.
Next: Quit Smoking
Nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, snuff, and pipe tobacco can make blood vessels narrow and can lower high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the "good" cholesterol. If you use tobacco products, quitting can be part of an effective strategy for reducing cholesterol.
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Take Control of Your CholesterolOur expert team of doctors and pharmacists receive many questions about high cholesterol. Many of these questions are from individuals seeking information about medical treatment and dietary and lifestyle changes they can make to decrease their risk of heart disease and stroke. The following questions deal with high cholesterol, medications, lifestyle changes, and dietary advice. Click on the questions below to see the answers.