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Wellness strategies to lower cholesterol Cholesterol-lowering good health calls for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, skinless poultry, nonfat dairy, beans, seeds, nuts and healthy vegetable oils like olive or canola. Your diet should restrict saturated fat, trans fat and salt. You should also cut back on sugar and refined flour, which have been linked with high triglycerides. Other steps to take to help keep your cholesterol levels at healthy levels: 77 Get regular aerobic exercise. Regular physical activity is critical to improving your cholesterol levels and cutting your risk for heart disease. Exercise reduces not only total cholesterol, but also LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol. 77 If you drink, do so in moderation. PLAY VIDEO Cholesterol Screening Excessive alcohol use increases triglyceride levels. 77 Reduce stress. It may help keep your cholesterol in check. 77 If you smoke, quit. Smoking raises triglyceride levels and increases the risk for metabolic syndrome. 77 Set goals for healthy eating. Making even small changes will help you lead a healthier lifestyle. 77Make healthy food choices for you and your family. Find ways to substitute lower fat and cholesterol foods for those you might normally use. 77 Take medication as directed. Always talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have questions about medicines you take, whether prescribed or over-the-counter. LEARNING CHECK Take a short quiz on what you’ve learned so far. abcardio.org 17


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