Managing High Cholesterol | Nucleus Health

by birtanpublished on September 3, 2020

if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with high cholesterol it's important to keep it under control this video demonstrates a few ways to help you manage your cholesterol such as diet exercise and medication if your

Cholesterol levels are too high it's important to eat a heart-healthy diet to eat a heart-healthy diet you need to understand how the types of fats you eat can affect your cholesterol level for example saturated fats hydrogenated fats

And trans fats tend to raise the bad cholesterol also called low-density lipoprotein or LDL cholesterol in your blood these fats are found in meat and dairy products tropical oils and many

Processed foods such as cakes and cookies replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats may help lower the bad cholesterol in your blood when eaten as part of a heart-healthy diet unsaturated fats include polyunsaturated and

Monounsaturated fats and are found in foods such as salmon avocados nuts and olive oils heart-healthy lifestyle decisions you can make are to stop smoking and get adequate moderate intensity aerobic

Exercise walking biking or swimming 30 minutes a day five days a week maybe a good exercise goal talk to your doctor about the type of diet and exercise plans most appropriate for your health and cholesterol levels

If lifestyle changes can't reduce your cholesterol levels enough your doctor may prescribe certain medications to reduce it statins are the most common medication for lowering LDL or bad cholesterol by reducing the amount made

In your liver however they have modest effects on lowering another type of fat in your blood called triglycerides and raising good cholesterol also called high-density lipoprotein or HDL

Cholesterol your liver uses cholesterol to make a substance called bile which helps digest your food bile acid binding drugs bind to bile and prevent it from being used in digestion this causes the liver to use more cholesterol to make

More bile thereby decreasing the amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream cholesterol absorption inhibitors block some of the cholesterol taken up by your intestines from the food you eat fibrates

Are mainly used to reduce triglyceride levels in your blood but they can also raise HDL levels niacin reduces LDL cholesterol and triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol made in your liver

Healthy lifestyle habits are important in controlling your cholesterol levels if your healthcare provider prescribed medication to treat your high cholesterol it is important to take it as directed and contact him or her if

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