It seems like we all watch our cholesterol these days, but we may not really understand the importance of doing so. If you have high cholesterol, you are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It’s that simple.
You may be at risk for having high cholesterol if any of the following risk factors fit your profile:
- Are you a man 45 years old or older or a woman 55 years old or older?
- Does your family have a history of heart problems? This includes heart attack, coronary heart disease, or atherosclerosis.
- Do you have high blood pressure? Are you on blood pressure medication?
- Do you smoke?
- Do you have diabetes?
If you answer “yes” to one or more of the factors listed, then it may be time for you to make some changes in your lifestyle to lower your cholesterol level.
Some of those changes may include:
- Eating less fat, salt, and more fiber
- Comparing labels on the food products you buy and choosing those that are lower in fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories
- Cooking with less fat
- Learning correct serving sizes for determining food portions
- Increase your physical activity to 30 minutes most days to strengthen your heart
High cholesterol can be controlled. Now is the time to start creating your plan toward a healthier you!