Little Changes, Big Reductions—Lifestyle Choices That Can Lower Your Cholesterol

Posted: 4/11/2012 8:52 AM by Interim HealthCare

At Interim HealthCare, one of our goals is for you or your loved one to have the best quality of life possible. Aging brings about many changes, one of which can be a rise in cholesterol. Part of your own at home health care efforts can focus on lowering your cholesterol through simple lifestyle changes. Even if you are taking medication for high cholesterol, you can boost the effectiveness of that medication by making these five changes.

Lose Weight

Even a modest weight loss -- as little as five or 10 pounds- can have a major impact on your cholesterol. Monitor what triggers unnecessary eating in your life and try to plan ahead with healthier snack options. Additionally, weight loss can also help prevent diabetes and help prevent joint replacement surgergies. 

Eat Heart-Healthy Foods

You know you should eat more fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to lowering your cholesterol it is also important to incorporate whole grains and the right kinds of fats. Eliminating trans fat is important. You should also focus on having only about 10 percent of your daily calories come from monounsatured fats (such as those found in olive, peanut and canola oils).

Get Active

Incorporating some form of activity every day can do wonders not only for your overall quality of life, but for your cholesterol as well.  Even if you only do 10-minute intervals several days a time, you will be giving your overall health a big boost. Check with your doctor first to see what activities will be right for you.

Stop Smoking

If you smoke-stop. Not only can quitting lower your cholesterol, your blood pressure will decrease and as will your risk of heart failure.

Drink Less Alcohol

While some studies have shown alcohol has a positive affect on HDL levels it isn't enough to warrant the other risks that come from too mich drink -- high blood pressure, heart failure or stroke. Women should limit themselves to one drink a day; men should have no more than two.