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10 Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol is unhealthy and can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you are aged between 40 to 74 then you can get your cholesterol checked as part of an NHS Health Check.

10 Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol is unhealthy and can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. If you are aged between 40 to 74 then you can get your cholesterol checked as part of an NHS Health Check. Anna Pharmacy can offer advice on the best levels of cholesterols and how you can reduce cholesterol for optimal health.

10 lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol levels

  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet
  • Cut down on saturated fat, eating food high in saturated fat will raise cholesterol and is bad for your health
  • Add fiber plus plenty of fruit and vegetables to your daily intake. Some high fiber foods can help lower cholesterol
  • Eat foods that contain unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat, this can actually help to reduce cholesterol levels and assist with weight loss which is good for heart health
  • Avoid foods that contain trans fats, these can also raise cholesterol levels. Trans fats are found naturally in meat, milk, and dairy products and artificial trans fats can be found in some processed foods such as biscuits and cakes
  • Try and cook from scratch, if you buy pre-prepared food then always read the label carefully for the amount and types of fat the product contains
  • Eat less meat and/or buy lean meat and low-fat dairy products
  • Change your cooking methods and replace roasting or frying with grilling, steaming, or poaching
  • Stay active and take regular exercise. Healthy activities include running, walking, and cycling, going to the gym, or dance classes. Taking 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week can improve your cholesterol levels, this is an activity that raises the heart rate and breaks a sweat
  • Quit smoking. Giving up smoking can improve your HDL cholesterol level with benefits that occur quickly as well as huge improvements to your blood circulation and lung function

Some people are recommended Statins by their doctor. Statins are usually prescribed for people who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease or another cardiovascular disease or who are at imminent risk of developing it. Statins are not suitable for everyone and should only be taken on professional medical advice. Most people can manage high levels of cholesterol with lifestyle and dietary changes in order to achieve the best levels of cholesterol to improve their health.

Contact Anna Pharmacy for up-to-date advice on how you can obtain the best levels of cholesterols, maintaining safe levels of cholesterol for your health. Find out more on our website where you can also book appointments  www.annapharmacy.com

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