High cholesterol is one of the health issues that affects millions of Americans and is responsible for people experiencing a higher risk of heart attacks, heart disease and stroke. Poor diet, lack of exercise, heredity and lifestyle choices are some of the reasons people are affected. Physicians can prescribe medications that will help control cholesterol levels in the blood, but there are also some ways to bring cholesterol levels down without medication.
Diets that contain a lot of red meat, dairy products, eggs, chocolate, baked items, processed foods and sugar are not healthy. Eating foods that are healthier such lean cuts of meat, nuts, and oils such as olive oil, canola oil and safflower oil tend to be better choices when watching cholesterol levels.
Additionally, diets that are rich in the following will tend to help lower levels of bad cholesterol:
- Whole grain cereals (oatmeal and bran)
- Fruits (apples, prunes, pears, oranges)
- Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids
- High fiber foods (beans, legumes, apples )
- Spices (oregano, mint, thyme, clove, cinnamon)
- Green tea
- Supplements that lower cholesterol (niacin, psyllium husk, L-carnitine)
Alcoholic beverages and smoking can raise bad cholesterol levels so these should be kept to a minimum if even at all. Obesity can also raise the cholesterol level.
It is recommended that you see your physician annually for a thorough examination and to have lab work performed to check your cholesterol level. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a physician at Flushing Hospital, please call 718-670-5486.
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