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Simple Steps to Help Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

Posted by David Ghiorso, CPA, July 15, 2016

Have you recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol? Your cholesterol levels have a direct impact on your overall health and wellness, so it is important that you consider lifestyle changes to balance your cholesterol. Many people turn to medication for cholesterol treatment, but there are also some lifestyle changes that can help as well.

Why You Need a Treatment for High Cholesterol

Even though you might feel fine, a high cholesterol diagnosis can lead to serious health complications. If a doctor has suggested cholesterol treatments, then it is essential that you take action right away.

Cholesterol is naturally produced by your body, and this substance is needed for hormone production and food digestion. If too much “bad” cholesterol is present, then it could potentially cause the arteries to have plaque buildup.

Over time, this buildup becomes harder, and the arteries become narrow. Eventually, these changes can stop the blood flow to the heart and cause a heart attack. High cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack.

How to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

Here are a few lifestyle changes that can help to lower your cholesterol levels:

  • Eat More Fiber: Healthy, fibrous foods help the body to manage cholesterol. Consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts to boost your fiber intake.
  • Avoid Saturated and Trans Fats: Certain types of fats have been linked with the development of high cholesterol. Reduce your consumption of foods that have saturated or trans fats.
  • Exercise Consistently: Step outside to enjoy the sunshine and get your body moving. When exercise is a priority, then your body has an easier time managing cholesterol levels.
  • Maintain a Bedtime: What time do you go to bed each night? Many people agree that late nights make it harder to stick with healthy eating. If you are sleepy, then there’s a higher chance that you will be overeating foods that you shouldn’t be consuming.

Taking a proactive approach to your healthcare is essential to be sure that you can maintain your health for an active retirement lifestyle. In addition to these daily health habits, it is also important to visit a doctor for a consultation about the treatments and medications that should be used to manage your cholesterol levels. Contact us to learn more about the types of insurance plans that you can choose from.

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