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Use Nutrition and Exercise to Manage a Healthy Cholesterol

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Good nutrition and exercise are the best ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol and overall heart health.

Good nutrition and exercise are the best ways to maintain a healthy cholesterol and overall heart health.

Having high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and strokes. Throughout this month, LA Medical wants to give you some more information about keeping your heart healthy.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood that builds up on the walls of your arteries. This narrows the passageways through the artery, preventing blood from flowing freely to the heart. Since blood carries oxygen to the heart, a clogged up artery keeps oxygen from the heart. This increases your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack.

So what can you do to about it? Diet and exercise are the best ways you can manage your cholesterol.

Nutrition

  • Eat plant-based foods like vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains at every meal.
  • Enjoy healthy fats found in olive oil, avocadoes, fish, and nuts. These fats boost your good cholesterol levels while decreasing your bad ones.
  • Get your fiber from whole grains, fruit, beans and vegetables. Fiber will lower your risk of heart disease.

Activity

  • Take a brisk 30 minute walk 5 days a week to lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • Find an exercise partner! Peer pressure from a friend keeps you accountable for daily workouts.
  • Jog or walk at inclines on the stairs or treadmills to boost good cholesterol levels.

If you have high cholesterol already, don’t give up! You can lower your cholesterol over time by maintaining healthy diet and exercise habits. If you don’t have high cholesterol, make healthy choices now to keep your risk low. Prevention is often easier than treatment.

LA Medical is celebrating American Heart Month by offering information about ways you can keep your heart healthy. Check out our previous post about how you can Show Your Heart Some Love.

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