Improve your cholesterol, improve your life
July 21, 2014
It’s fairly common knowledge these days that too much of a certain kind of cholesterol can have serious repercussions on your health including heart disease. But still, doctors see many patients who suffer from various maladies because they weren’t paying attention to their cholesterol levels.
According to a Huffington Post blog post by Laura Manning of Mount Sinai Hospital, there are some simple steps one can take to help improve their cholesterol levels:
Talk to your doctor - This is an obvious first step, as your physician can run all sorts of tests to let you know where you stand and your risk levels, as well as help you map out your plans.
Watch your weight - If you’re overweight, shedding extra pounds can improve your situation drastically.
Get moving - Physical activity is key to your health, at any age or weight. Take every opportunity to fit a few more minutes of activity in your day, whether it’s actual workouts or just walking a bit more around the office.
Stop smoking - Lighting things on fire and sticking them in your mouth is bad for you. Manning says smoking is a “leading cause of heart disease” and suggests talking to your doctor about how to quit.
Check what you eat - Manning says there’s a lot of “controversy” about diets these days. But, there are also a lot of things that are kind of obvious, like staying away from junk food, eating more fruits and veggies, and limiting alcohol consumption.
For more tips on improving your diet, including how to go ‘Mediterranean,’ check out Manning’s blog post.
How closely do you watch your cholesterol? Tell us: