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High Cholesterol

Also indexed as:Cholesterol (High), Dyslipidemia, Hypercholesterolemia, Hyperlipidemia, Hypoalphalipoproteinemia, Low HDL Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol Damage, HDL Cholesterol Damage
Take control of your cholesterol to lower your heart disease risk. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Take control of your cholesterol to lower your heart disease risk. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Reduce risk with fiber

    Add whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables to your meals to reduce heart disease risk

  • Add soy protein to your diet

    30 grams (about 1 ounce) a day of powdered soy protein added to food or drinks can help lower cholesterol

  • Check out natural vegetable fats (plant sterols and stanols)

    Take 1.6 grams a day as a supplement or in specially fortified margarines to help reduce cholesterol

  • Get some supplemental garlic

    600 to 900 mg a day of a standardized garlic extract may help lower cholesterol and prevent hardening of the arteries

  • Raise “good” cholesterol with exercise

    Start a regular exercise program to help raise HDL ("good") cholesterol

  • Cut the bad fats

    Foods that contain saturated fat, hydrogenated fat, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol.

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading for more in-depth, fully referenced information.
  • Cut the bad fats

    Foods that contain saturated fat, hydrogenated fat, and cholesterol (such as animal products, fried foods, and baked snacks) can raise cholesterol

  • Pick a plant-based diet

    Emphasize vegetarian meals whenever possible to reap the rewards of avoiding animal fats and increasing fiber and other cholesterol-stabilizing nutrients

  • Get and stay trim

    Aim for a healthy body weight to avoid problems with blood lipids and other heart disease risk factors

  • Get moving

    Use a regular program of aerobic exercise to maintain optimal blood lipid levels and lower heart disease risk

  • Avoid the habit

    Maintain healthy HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels and low heart disease risk by avoiding cigarette smoke

  • Protect with antioxidants

    Use at least 100 mg per day vitamin C and/or up to 400 IU vitamin E to protect LDL cholesterol from damage that can increase heart disease risk

These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading for more in-depth, fully referenced information.

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