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Other steps to take to help keep your cholesterol levels at healthy levels: 77Get 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. Excessive alcohol use increases triglyceride levels. 77Reduce 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-thecounter. You’re making great progress! Take a short quiz on what you’ve learned so far. Click here to begin… 29


P1136 Women and Heart Disease
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