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:
Eat healthy foods
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 that you follow the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (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
If you have questions about which diet to follow, talk to your doctor.
For more information about food and high cholesterol, see:
Lose extra weight
Losing just 5 lb to 10 lb (2.3 kg to 4.5 kg) can lower your cholesterol. Losing weight can also help lower your blood pressure.
- Healthy Eating: Starting a Plan for Change.
- Weight Management: Stop Negative Thoughts.
physical activity raises "good" HDL cholesterol. Getting active has many other benefits too. It can help you lose weight. And it can lower your blood pressure.
- High Cholesterol: Raising Your HDL Level
- Fitness: Adding More Activity to Your Life
- Exercise and Physical Activity Ideas
- Quick Tips: Getting Active at Home
Quitting can help raise your HDL and improve your heart health. "Good" HDL levels often go up soon after a person quits smoking.
For more information, see:
- Quitting Smoking.
- Quitting Smoking: Getting Support.
- Quitting Smoking: Coping With Cravings and Withdrawal.
- Quitting Smoking: Preventing Slips or Relapses.
If high cholesterol runs in your family, these lifestyle changes may not be enough. You may need to take medicine too. But no matter what treatment you use, you can lower your high cholesterol.