8 Tips for Managing Cholesterol for a Healthier Body
- Posted on: Aug 15 2019
Cholesterol is necessary for the body to function properly. It is made in the liver and is responsible for making hormones, helping produce bile acids for proper food digestion, and utilize fat-soluble vitamins. However, with too high of cholesterol, patients are putting themselves at risk for a variety of health problems including kidney failure, heart attacks, and strokes.
Dr. Magdy Nasra has extensive experience helping patients achieve healthier levels of cholesterol. In fact, one type of cholesterol is good for patients, and this is the high-density lipoprotein known as HDL. These help prevent disease, while high levels of low-density lipoprotein known as LDL can have a different effect. This particular type of cholesterol contributes to health issues and should be reduced, while increasing good cholesterol.
Tips for cholesterol management with Dr. Magdy Nasra
Below are a few tips and recommendations for patients who are interested in maintaining a better balance in cholesterol:
- Eat a diet focused on monounsaturated fat consumption to raise HDL. Foods that are good sources of monounsaturated fats include olive oil, avocados, and tree nuts.
- Increase polyunsaturated fats such as Omega-3s. Omega-3s are known as heart-healthy fats that can be found in fish oil supplements and seafood.
- Avoid trans fat. These are unsaturated fats that have been modified through hydrogenation and are often found in pastries and spreads to provide more texture.
- Eat soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is found in plants and can be digested by the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Regular doses or consumption of at least 3 grams of soluble fiber a day decreased LDL by 18% in recent studies covering 12 weeks. Soluble fiber is found in peas, lentils, fruits, beans, oats, and whole grain.
- Maintain healthy levels of activity. Exercise has always been good for the heart, and it can be used to reduce bad cholesterol. It is recommended that adult men and women get at least 30 minutes of exercise of physical activity at least five days a week. to improve cholesterol levels and greatly reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can negatively impact the levels of bad cholesterol and in body.
- Avoid smoking cigarettes. Smoking has been found to be related closely with an increased total in overall cholesterol and lower levels of good cholesterol (HDL).
- Reduce alcohol consumption. Ethanol found in alcoholic beverages can increase HDL and reduce the risk of heart disease, but this is only when alcohol is enjoyed in moderation. Too much alcohol can damage the liver and increase the risk of alcoholism.
Schedule a visit with Dr. Magdy Nasra today!
Patients in Holmdel, NJ who want to speak to a professional of internal medicine regarding their control and management of high cholesterol are encouraged to request an appointment today. Call (732) 888-8255 and visit our practice to discuss ways to keep your body healthy and happy!
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