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Tips for Lowering and Managing Your Cholesterol

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Tips for Lowering and Managing Your Cholesterol

Keeping Your Cholesterol Levels in Check

If you’re worried about your cholesterol levels, you’re probably asking yourself, ‘what is cholesterol anyway?” Cholesterol is a waxy substance in the body; your body actually uses cholesterol to help build cells. However, when your cholesterol levels become too high, they can increase your potential for health complications.

Having high cholesterol is a controllable factor that increases your risk for the following:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

This makes it imperative that you check your cholesterol levels regularly, adjust your lifestyle habits, and seek help from your doctor if you need to. Fortunately, there are ways you can keep your cholesterol levels under control at home.

Managing Your Cholesterol Levels

Eat a Healthy Diet

As we all know, diet plays an important role when it comes to many areas of your health—including your cholesterol levels. The best way to manage your cholesterol levels is by reducing the amount of saturated and trans fats in your diet.

Foods to avoid to limit your saturated fats and trans fats consumption include:

  • Red meat
  • Whole fat dairy products
  • Fried foods
  • Fast food
  • Sugary snacks and drinks

Instead, you should adopt a more heart-healthy diet that includes:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Nuts

Get Up and Get Moving

Maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular physical activity is also an excellent way to help to keep your cholesterol levels regulated. By getting the recommended 30 minutes a day of moderate-intensity exercise, 5 days a week, you can effectively lower your cholesterol.

Quit Smoking

Smoking and using tobacco products lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol levels, hindering your body’s ability to remove LDL (bad) cholesterol. Smoking also increases the risk of developing heart disease. By cutting out tobacco products, you’re able to reduce those risks and support healthier arteries!

Cardiac Support in Ridgecrest, California

At Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, our team of board-certified physicians and our highly skilled cardiac support team provide the highest level of medical care to Ridgecrest and surrounding areas.

To learn more about our cardiovascular disease services or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 760-446-3551 (Mon-Fri 8 AM -4:30PM).