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Lowering Your Blood Cholesterol

Lowering Your Blood Cholesterol: Putting It All Together

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 10:33

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

  • More that one-half of all Americans have blood cholesterol levels that are higher than they should be.
  • High blood cholesterol levels can clog blood vessels, increasing risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Many factors contribute to high blood cholesterol levels, including your genetic make-up, eating a high-fat diet, being inactivity, and being overweight. A high intake of saturated fat, or animal fat, is the main cause of high blood cholesterol levels.
  • Making gradual and permanent changes in diet and lifestyle is the best way to lower cholesterol levels. These changes include following a diet that contains less than 30% of calories from fat and less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol, eating more starches and dietary fiber, being more active, and maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • Try to make changes in diet and lifestyle gradually and one at a time. Start with whatever is easiest for you to change first.
  • If diet and exercise changes do not bring your blood cholesterol level down to a healthy level, your physician may prescribe a cholesterol-lowering medication.

Lowering Your Blood Cholesterol