Cholesterol is essential to the human body, and it isn’t all good nor is it all bad. Having high cholesterol does not have any symptoms, so it is important to check your levels.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance carried around the body in the blood and can also be found in food. It serves three main purposes in our bodies:
- It aids in the production of sex hormones
- It’s a building block for human tissues
- It assists in bile production in the liver.
Although some cholesterol is needed for your body to function, too much cholesterol can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease.
Here are some tips on how to reduce high cholesterol from the home doctor experts at House Call Doctor.
Maintain a healthy diet
It is important to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your body. These foods include:
- Cakes and biscuits
- Fatty cuts of meat
- Butter and full-fat dairy products
- Foods containing coconut or palm oil
Maintaining a healthy diet includes eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, wholegrain cereals, healthy protein sources, reduced fat dairy and healthy fats.
Weight contributes to your cholesterol level, so increasing your physical exercise along with healthy eating can help reduce these levels. It can help reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL – bad cholesterol) and increases beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL – good cholesterol).
Dieting can influence the way your body absorbs and produces cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy weight will greatly benefit your heart health and cholesterol levels.
Smoking increases the risk of heart disease, and it does this by changing how the body handles cholesterol. Fortunately, in most cases, giving up smoking can reverse harmful effects.