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Tips to lower your cholesterol

Published On: Feb 12 2013 03:51:29 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 16 2015 08:03:34 AM CST
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Having a high cholesterol can put you at greater risk of having a heart attack or a stroke. If your cholesterol is high, consider using these suggestions to help you lower it.

The Mayo Clinic suggests the first thing to do to lower your cholesterol is to lose weight.  The hospital states that carrying even a few extra pounds can affect your cholesterol.

The Mayo Clinic suggests to start by making small changes -- like cutting back on fast-food items and adding more exercise into your daily routine.

The next step is to try to eat more heart-healthy foods, the Mayo Clinic suggests. Eating healthier fats (lean meats, olive oil), cutting trans fats (fried foods, baked goods) from your diet and limiting the amount of cholesterol you are consuming are some ways to clean up your diet.

To eat even healthier, eat whole grains and consume plenty of fruits and vegetables. You should also try to eat foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and almonds.

The Mayo Clinic says that exercising can lower a person’s cholesterol – no matter their body size. Exercising will not only lower your “bad” cholesterol, but it will also raise your “good” cholesterol. The Mayo Clinic suggests – with a doctor’s approval – to exercise at least 30 minutes each day.

Other ways to lower your cholesterol are to quit smoking and limit your alcohol intake.

Medications can also help control your cholesterol.

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