High Cholesterol - Making Lifestyle Changes
Lifestyle changes are important to help control
high cholesterol, especially if you have other risk
heart disease and
Even if your doctor has
prescribed medicine for you, you may still need to make changes at home to lower
your cholesterol and reduce your risk. Some people can even take less
medicine after making these changes.
What changes do you need to make?
lifestyle changes to help lower your cholesterol:
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Making healthy eating habits a part of your daily life is one of the best things you can do to lower your cholesterol. Your doctor may recommend the TLC diet. The diet's main focus is to reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat, because saturated fat raises your cholesterol.
High Cholesterol: Using the TLC Diet
You could also use the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes eating foods like fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, high-fiber grains and breads, and olive oils. These foods are rich with monounsaturated fats, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Knowing which diet to follow can be confusing. A chart with several heart-healthy diets(What is a PDF document?) shows how the TLC and Mediterranean diets compare with other eating plans. If you have questions about which diet to follow, talk to your doctor.