High cholesterol is one of the leading health problems today. Conventional wisdom is that the two main causes of this are a poor diet laden with fatty foods and a lack of exercise. While there are several medications out there that can reduce your cholesterol levels, the best defense anyone can have against this serious problem is an understanding of how important it really is to maintain healthy cholesterol levels. If your doctor has you on medication and you need help paying for it, click here.
Once an appreciation of this is gained the next and most important step is to take positive action. As in all things relating to health an ounce of prevention really is worth a ton of cure.
Taking control of the volume and type of food we eat and how much exercise we do is far more responsible than expecting a doctor to repair our poor health choices and ultimately try and ‘fix’ our cholesterol problem.
Aside from taking medications which may result in side effects for some people, there are plenty of other things you can do to maintain a healthy cholesterol ratio. If you agree that high fat content food is a likely culprit then buy and consume less of these foods.
You can start by going through the items in your pantry and your fridge, and getting rid of everything that contains trans-fats or saturated fats. The next time you go grocery shopping, opt for products that are low-fat, fat-free, or cholesterol-free. Take time to check the ingredients list and stay away from those that contain the harmful fats.
TIP - make your choices and grocery list BEFORE you get to the store and do not go shopping while you are hungry!
You may also want to have a consultation with a nutritionist, who will be able to give you suggestions on which foods are safe to eat. Talking to a personal trainer can also help if your objective is to lose weight and gain fitness for improved health. Seeking advice from these professionals is recommended so that you can gain knowledge and understanding specific to your personal situation.
Cholesterol and the Role of Exercise
Many people believe that a relatively small amount of exercise will allow them to eat whatever they want. Unfortunately unless you are in serious training this is usually not the case. The benefits of exercise extend well beyond weight loss and fat reduction.
Exercise improves your cholesterol levels, gives better circulation and aerobic fitness increases mobility. Walking for 15-20 minutes a day, or taking up a sport, will do wonders for your longevity.
If you have more time to spare consider taking up regular exercise activities like yoga or Pilates. Not only will these workouts help you have maintain healthy cholesterol levels but they will definitely improve your overall health.
This level of exercise however, does not mean being able to eat like an Olympic athlete. The volume and type of food we eat needs to be appropriate to our age, metabolism and activity level. A person over 40 years of age in a job which is not physically demanding cannot expect to eat what a 20 year old laborer does and not gain weight.
If you are sensible you won’t have a serious problem to manage.
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