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Question: I just found out my cholesterol is high and I should watch what I eat. I'm so confused!! I don't eat fried foods. I use olive oil. I take the skin off of chicken. I eat a red meat maybe once a week. I eat alot of fish/salmon. I try to walk alot. I'm not a couch potato. I'm not overweight. (I do have a little extra around my stomach) My cholesterol was high one year ago too. I've made an appt with my doctor, but she is probably going to tell me to watch what I eat again!!!! Suggestions?? Reply: Dear reader, I’m sorry to hear that you are having some trouble with maintaining good cholesterol levels despite eating what sounds like a good heart healthy diet. But I am glad that you are taking your cholesterol level seriously and have been following it over the past year. The first thing I would suggest is to more closely examine your cholesterol profile including the LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL (good cholesterol), and triglycerides . Remember that total ch...
Okay, you've just found out you have high cholesterol. Now what? Well, you need to know the breakdown of your "lipid panel" in order to decide what changes will be most effective.
The lipid panel includes:
HDL (good) cholesterol
LDL (bad) cholesterol
Triglycerides (or VLDL cholesterol)
Here's the first step to take depending on which number is elevated:
If LDL cholesterol is elevated, reduce saturated and trans fat intake.
If triglycerides are elevated, cut back on sugar and alcohol in your diet.
If HDL cholesterol is low, increase your physical activity.
This month we've been focusing on cholesterol, for National Cholesterol Education Month . So, it's a great time to think about how things have been going with your health lately, and make any changes that seem necessary.
If you have high cholesterol it's up to you to work out how you can effectively lower it.
While medications are available, there are always going to be side effects and risks from taking these, and so learning how you can reduce your cholesterol levels naturally is an excellent way to boost your health.
Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to lower your cholesterol levels without the use of medications.
You should have your cholesterol levels checked at least once a year, to find out how well your natural interventions are working. For the first year, start with an initial cholesterol reading, implement some natural cholesterol lowering methods, and then six months later, check your cholesterol levels again.  ...
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