Maybe you have been struggling to lower cholesterol for some time now. It is not especially easy to do so, because it requires will power and focus, but you can do it if you try. This article contains specific tips about how to achieve this goal. First of all, please find out your exact numbers (both you LDL number, informally known as “bad cholesterol” and HDL, which is classified as “good cholesterol”).
Your total number is the sum total of your HDL and LDL numbers. In a perfect world, your LDL should be under 100 and your HDL should be 60 or higher. Your doctor will be able to tell you if your numbers are within the normal range or if you need to work on changing those numbers to improve your overall health.
The first thing you may want to do, if you are overweight, is work on losing some weight by eating less and exercising more. (Aerobic activity is particularly helpful for lowering cholesterol.) Often your numbers will naturally get lower if you lose weight in a safe and healthy manner, over the course of time.
You will also want to take a long, hard look at your current eating routine. Be on the lookout for foods with high fat content, such as junk food and sweets. Moreover, if you currently consume an excessive amount of red meat and/or dairy products, you will probably want to cut back on both of these food categories.
Also consider adding more fiber to your diet. Vegetables, fruits and whole grains are all excellent sources of fiber. Have you tried eating good old fashioned oatmeal for breakfast lately? It is a great, healthy and filling way to start each day. Consider adding more fish to your diet as well, as it is a good source of protein for anyone, but perhaps especially people who struggle with high cholesterol. Eat plenty of nuts, especially almonds and walnuts, because nuts can help improve your numbers.
Learn your family's medical history. Do some of your relatives also struggle with this issuel? If so, try to find out what specific strategies have worked best for them, as some of these methods might work well for you, too.
Meet with your doctor to discuss whether or not you are a good candidate for taking medication. Of course, not every person is a good candidate for this kind of medication, and some people who take these kinds of meds experience negative side effects. Your doctor knows your medical history and medical needs and will base his or her decision about whether or not to place you on cholesterol lowering medication on these key medical facts. Note that your condition not improve overnight,but if you work hard, you will eventually get it under control.