Make These 5 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Bad Cholesterol

Heart Health: Make These 5 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Bad Cholesterol

A healthy diet and lifestyle can help maintain cholesterol levels

Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the blood. The buildup of cholesterol levels, beyond normal levels, can pose serious health risks, leading to heart attacks and strokes. Although there are different types of cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoprotein) is the one that is harmful and increases the risk of heart disease. Although medication can help improve cholesterol, nutritionist Lovneet Batra, in her latest Instagram post, highlights how certain lifestyle changes can help control bad cholesterol.

5 ways to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.

1. Eat heart-healthy foods

The nutritionist suggests reducing the consumption of saturated fats, which are mainly found in red meat and whole dairy products. She also advises us to eliminate trans fats from our diet. Trans fats, sometimes listed on food labels as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil,” are often used in store-bought margarine and cookies. “Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids” and “increase soluble fiber,” she adds. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in foods like A2 cow ghee, salmon, walnuts and flax seeds.

2. Exercise regularly

Nutritionist Lovneet Batra urges people to increase their physical activity and exercise almost every day as it helps improve their cholesterol levels.

3. Quit smoking

“Smoking lowers HDL cholesterol because by quitting, smokers can lower their LDL cholesterol and raise their HDL cholesterol levels. This can also help protect their arteries,” adds the health expert.

4. Maintain a healthy body weight

Overweight and obesity lead to bad cholesterol. Therefore, weight loss as little as 5-10% can help improve cholesterol levels.

5. Drink alcohol in moderation

The nutritionist advises one drink a day for healthy adults, which includes women of all ages and men over 65. And up to two glasses a day for men 65 or younger. Too much alcohol can lead to serious health problems.

It is also important to check cholesterol levels regularly to avoid any serious complications.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It does not in any way replace qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim any responsibility for this information.

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