Most people are aware of the importance of having a healthy blood sugar level. But a lot of people are not aware that their blood cholesterol is equally important as it plays a role in the development of diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and chronic kidney diseases.
The only way to know if your blood cholesterol is high is to do a lipid profile test.
People with high blood cholesterol usually don’t show any physical symptoms and may not be overweight, but they can develop a heart attack or stroke because the fatty deposits in their arteries can rupture suddenly.
Below are lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood cholesterol:
- Regular physical exercise, at least 3 times a week
- Cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume (if you take alcohol)
- If you smoke cigarette, it is very important you make efforts and stop it completely
- Watch your weight to ensure you are within the normal range; one way is to control what you eat. Your diet should be rich in protein and low in carbohydrate; eat more of diets prepared with or containing unsaturated fats like vegetable oil, nuts, and fish.
- Stay away from processed foods as most of them contain large quantities of bad fats; instead, prepare your foods yourself.
- Always eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Depending on how elevated your blood cholesterol are, the doctor can prescribe some cholesterol-lowering medications after counselling you.
For more advice and help, feel free to consult a doctor online via The Reliance Care App.