Go for the Goal
Reducing cholesterol—or keeping it at a healthy level—takes more than a quick fix. It requires making lifestyle changes in your daily routine. The following tips can get you going in the right direction.
Eat a Heart Healthy Diet
The American Heart Association recommends a specific diet to lower cholesterol:
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts
- Eat less red meat
- Avoid sugary food and drinks
This overall heart healthy diet can help in lowering cholesterol, and you can make small changes to get you started. For example, try grabbing an apple instead of a doughnut; substituting whole-wheat bread for white bread; cooking a fresh piece of salmon instead of a hamburger; and drinking unsweetened iced tea when you would have had a soda. Getting into the habit of eating well will result in health benefits that go beyond reducing cholesterol.
There are a lot of good health reasons to kick the tobacco habit. Cigarette smoking is a risk factor that can interfere with your goal of lowering cholesterol.