High Cholesterol: Frequently Asked Questions (cont.)
In this Article
- What is cholesterol?
- Why should I be concerned about cholesterol?
- What's the difference between "good" and "bad" cholesterol?
- How much cholesterol is too much?
- Can I lower my risk for heart disease if I lower my cholesterol?
- What makes my cholesterol levels go up?
- What can I do to lower my cholesterol?
- What medications are used to treat high cholesterol?
- If a product's package reads "low cholesterol" does that mean that the product is low in fat and safe to eat?
- At what age should people begin having their cholesterol checked?
7) What Can I Do To Lower My Cholesterol Levels?
You can lower your cholesterol levels by making changes to your lifestyle. Here are some tips.
- Eat foods with less fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Take off the skin and fat from meat, poultry and fish.
- Broil, bake, roast, or poach instead of frying foods.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables everyday.
- Eat lots of cereals, breads, rice, and pasta made from whole grains, such as whole wheat bread or spaghetti.
- Get lots of exercise everyday. Talk to your doctor about what are the safest and best ways for you to exercise.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Stop smoking.
- Take your high blood cholesterol medication as prescribed by your doctor.
8) What Medications Are Used to Treat High Cholesterol?
Cholesterol-lowering drugs include:
- Bile-acid resins
- Fibric acid derivatives
Cholesterol-lowering medicine is most effective when combined with a low-cholesterol diet.
Tips to keep it under control.