High cholesterol increases the possibility of gaining heart disease and can even cause heart attacks. If you have high cholesterol it would be likely that you would be on some form of medication to help you cope with the condition, however, there are some changes that can be made to allow you to control and improve your cholesterol.
Below we have a list of lifestyle changes that can be used in order to improve your cholesterol
Firstly check with your doctor to ensure it is possible for you to do some moderate exercise, as overworking could be very dangerous and have negative impacts on high cholesterol sufferers.
Attempt to exercise at least 30 minutes per day in total. This can be done at once or with small exercise internals of 5-10 minutes. Some forms of exercise may include
- Cycling to work as opposed driving or public transport
- Going for small walks/jogs whilst on a break at work
- Taking up an active hobby e.g. football/dancing/tennis
- Doing these task will help you lose weight, which will not only aid in the lowering of your cholesterol but improve your health overall
If you don't smoke already then avoid people that smoke as much as possible, and if you do smoke then attempt to cut down or even better, quit. Smoking increases the risk of heart complications arising, as it can alter the way our body handles cholesterol. As immune cells in smokers can’t transport cholesterol in the blood to the liver, it can then cause the clogging of arteries around the heart.
Moderate alcohol consumption
It is advised that women should only drink up to one drink a day all (legal) ages and men over the age of 65, and no more than two drink a day for men under the age of 65 (but older than 18).Controlled consumption of alcohol has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease, however, overconsumption can harm the liver and extensively increase the risk of alcohol dependence
Saturated fats, most common in dairy products and red meat, raise overall cholesterol. If possible limit your intake of foods within these categories, or alternatively choose leaner cuts of red meat and healthier option of dairy products, such as low-fat yoghurt or skimmed milk. Alternatives for these could include nuts, seeds and vegetable oils such as olive oil or rapeseed oil. Keep in mind that nuts and seeds contain a lot of calories and overconsumption can lead to weight gain.
Reducing your cholesterol to a safer level could by following these tips could end up being easier than you expect. With simple lifestyle changes, it could seem like habit making it more simple to fit into your daily life.