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Updated December 21st, 2023 at 18:37 IST

Lifestyle changes that help lower cholesterol levels - exercising regularly to quitting smoking

You can accommodate these changes in your lifestyle if you want to lower your cholesterol levels.

Reported by: Republic Lifestyle Desk
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High cholesterol makes you more prone to heart diseases and also increases your risk of a heart attack. One can always manage their cholesterol levels using medications. From exercising daily to reducing saturated fats, some lifestyle changes can also help you live a healthy lifestyle and lower your cholesterol. 

Regular exercise 

Apart from having other health benefits, exercising also improves your cholesterol. Physical activity can help raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. This is the good cholesterol in your body. Make sure you take out at least 30 minutes of your day to exercise. This will also help you in reducing weight, which is again good for your cholesterol levels. 

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Drink alcohol in moderation 

Moderate alcohol is linked with higher levels of HDL cholesterol. However, if you don’t drink alcohol, this is not something you need to include in your diet. If you drink alcohol, then do so in moderation. One should always keep in mind that excessive alcohol can lead to serious health complications, ranging from high blood pressure to heart failure and strokes. 

Keep your weight in check 

Extra weight is synonymous to high cholesterol. Small day to day lifestyle changes can help you keep your weight in check. For instance, make sure you exercise daily, avoid sugary drinks, increase your intake of protein, and avoid snacking at midnight. Along with this, consume home cooked food and avoid eating junk, increase your standing activity. If you are someone with a desk job, make sure you walk during your breaks. 

Quit smoking 

Smoking has never done any good to anyone. Quitting smoking will improve your HDL cholesterol level. Quitting smoking can also help your blood pressure levels. Also, your blood circulation and lung function begin to improve

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Consume soluble fiber

Make sure you consume soluble fiber. You will find this abundant in plants and whole grains. This can help lower LDL cholesterol levels.

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Published December 11th, 2023 at 09:35 IST

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