How does cholesterol affect us?
Cholesterol is found in the fat cells in your blood.
High cholesterol levels can cause blockages in your arteries.
This can trigger heart attacks and strokes.
Making small, healthy choices can help manage cholesterol.
Tips to lower cholestrol
Be aware of what you eat
– Read labels on food packets and tins
– Watch those saturated fats
– Increase fiber in your food
– Steer clear of hydrogenated oils
– Reduce salt intake
– Make healthy choices when eating out
– Keep a food diary
– Avoid High fat dairy products – Switch to low fat dairy products like skimmed milk.
– Pick an activity you like – you will stay at it longer
– Even a walk around your drive is a start
– Increase the activity gradually
– Join activity groups – it is easier to exercise in company
– Pick a time of day that is easiest for you
– Don’t overdo or push yourself
– Change the activity if you get bored
Take steps to give up vices
– Give up smoking
– Reduce alcohol intake
– Use healthy alternatives if you have a sweet tooth
– Say no to drugs
– Limit use of electronic gadgets – try interacting more with humans rather than virtual communications & inanimate interface. Social isolation is an independent risk factor.
– Get your family involved in your lifestyle change
– Ask for outside help if you need it
– See a nutritionist for dietary help
– See your doctor regularly
– If you are on medication, take them regularly
Learn to track
– Keep a track of your cholesterol levels in a diary
– Write down what you ate if your reading is high
– Monitoring can help you figure out how to manage your levels
– Track your cholesterol levels
– Stick to your diet plan
– Maintain your exercise regime
– Eat on time
– Take your medicines on time
– Get a check-up done regularly
– Consult with a doctor on managing cholesterol