We aim to keep your blood pressure to less than 140/90 mm of hg and a proper control of blood sugar levels
and cholesterol will go a long way in keeping you away form major complications
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) may help you lower LDL
cholesterol. The lifestyle changes include diet
, exercise, weight loss
, and other changes. Your doctor will want you to follow TLC even if you are taking cholesterol-lowering medicine. And medicine will be more effective if you have healthy eating and exercise habits.
Diet. Diets to lower cholesterol are low in fat—especially saturated fat—and cholesterol. One of the best things you can do is reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat.
Exercise. You may need to change your exercise habits. Regular exercise, or no exercise, affects your cholesterol level and your overall heart health. People who have an active lifestyle have a lower risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) Click here to see more information
. Than do people who have a sedentary lifestyle.
Weight loss. Excess weight tends to increase your LDL cholesterol level. Losing just 5 to 10 pounds (2.3 to 4.5 kilograms) can lower your cholesterol and triglycerideClick here to see more information. Levels. Eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, exercising regularly, and cutting calories will help you lose weight.
Other lifestyle changes to think about. There are a number of other lifestyle changes that improve cholesterol levels, reduce your risk of atherosclerosis. And improve your general health.
cigarettes. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death. Smoking decreases your HDL
("good") cholesterolClick here to see more information. Smoking is believed to change LDL cholesterol to a form that promotes the buildup of deposits in the walls of your coronary arteries. Smoking significantly increases your overall chances of developing heart disease, because it damages your heart and blood vessels.
. Try to minimize stressful situations as much as possible at work, at home, and elsewhere. You may also ask your doctor for advice on ways to reduce stress