High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular diseases. Medications can help improve your cholesterol. However, if you would rather make lifestyle changes to improve your cholesterol, Tony’s Pharmacy lists down 3 changes that you should consider.
Already taking medications? These lifestyle changes can improve your prescription medication’s cholesterol-lowering effects.
- Eat Heart-Healthy Foods
Making some changes in your diet can decrease your cholesterol levels and improve your heart health. Make sure to:
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. This includes salmon, walnuts, mackerel, and flaxseeds, among others.
- Add whey protein to your diet. Whey protein is found in dairy products. Studies have shown that it can lower both LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.
- Increase your soluble fiber intake. Soluble fiber can decrease the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream. It is found in certain foods, including apples, pears, and oatmeal.
- Lose Weight
Carrying even a few extra pounds of weight can contribute to high cholesterol. Exercise, eat a healthy diet, talk to your doctor, and ask for weight management recommendations. Do what you can to lose those few extra pounds in a healthy manner.
Exercising can improve your cholesterol levels. For instance, moderate physical activities can help raise your HDL (the good cholesterol) levels. Talk to your doctor and ask for exercise recommendations. Consider taking a brisk daily walk, play your favorite sport, use the stairs instead of the elevator, and other simple day-to-day activities.
When Lifestyle Changes Are Not Enough
Sometimes, healthy lifestyle changes are not enough to lower cholesterol levels. If your doctor suggests medication to lower your cholesterol levels, take it as prescribed while still following these lifestyle changes.