How can I lower my cholesterol level?

The only way to check your cholesterol is to visit your doctor and have a blood cholesterol test. This is a simple, painless procedure. If you are over 40, you should have your cholesterol level checked each year.

High cholesterol levels are the result of three main factors. (a) Our genes. (b) Our diet. (c) Our lifestyle.

3. We can’t change our genes, but we can change our diet and lifestyle. To lower your cholesterol level, here are five simple tips.

  • Reduce your total fat-intake.
  • Eliminate your consumption of saturated fat.
  • Increase your consumption of soluble fiber.
    Unprocessed plant foods, like vegetables, dried beans, lentils, fruit (esp. berries, bananas, apples and citrus fruits) and oats or oat-bran are good sources of soluble fiber.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Take regular exercise.

For more details, see: Heart Disease & Strokes

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