High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Your body needs cholesterol but not too much. A surplus can cause plaque to build up in one’s arteries and make it hard for blood to get through to one’s heart, which can cause chest pain called angina. And if the blood supply is completely blocked, one can have a heart attack.
There are different types of cholesterol which are LDL and Triglycerides, which your body stores in fat cells and also HDL cholesterol which helps get rid of the bad kinds of cholesterol in one’s body.
Here are few simple changes one can make to lower ones cholesterol and cut the risk of heart disease:
1. Ask for expert Advice: You can talk to your doctor who can help come up with a plan for healthy eating and exercise.
2. Give your diet a makeover: Stay away from items that are high in trans and saturated fats and simple sugars. One can also go for foods like oatmeals, walnuts.
3. Exercising: Even modest amounts of exercise, like half an hour a day of just walking can help control one’s weight. It is also good for other things that put you at risk for heart disease, like diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise can lower your triglyceride levels and raise your “good” HDL cholesterol. Both are good for the heart.
4. Take medications when given: Your doctor may prescribe some medicine to help lower your cholesterol, take them as directed.
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