If you have just been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you might be worried. Along with your age, genes, and other factors, high cholesterol is a major contributor to heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. But you can’t turn back time or pull out unhealthy genes from your DNA.
Don’t be discouraged, you can still change your cholesterol value by changing your lifestyle!
An objective marker for cholesterol conditions is the examination of triglycerides, HDL, LDL, and total cholesterol. So, besides the total cholesterol figure, you should also know the detailed lipid profile (triglycerides, HDL, LDL). High cholesterol is caused by high fat consumption. In addition there are hereditary factors. The thing that can be done is to change the pattern of life. Exercise hard, recommended at least 5 times a week and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Reduce fast foods.
Avoid foods high in cholesterol. Foods that are high in cholesterol, especially foods that contain saturated fat such as ready-to-eat foods (such as chicken nuggets, burgers, sausages) and types of meat, milk, butter, bread, liver, some types of seafood such as shrimp, crab, oyster, squid and shells. And of course processed meats such as sausages.
Consume more low cholesterol foods including:
Fish, poultry (chicken, duck) without skin, and pieces of meat that do not contain fat. Food cooked by baking or boiling is better than fried
Avoid processed foods such as sausages, bacon, salami. Limit food types such as liver, kidneys, brain
Use low-fat milk, low-fat cheese, low-fat yogurt. Use low-fat margarine compared to butter. Limit egg yolks, egg white can be eaten freely
Eat vegetables and cut fruit (not juiced) and foods made from wheat such as oatmeal, wheat bread
Foods such as raw onions, salmon, almonds, olive oil, avocados are recommended
Eat lots of foods that contain vitamin C (papaya, grapes, oranges, broccoli) and vitamin E (wheat, almonds, peanuts)
The desired normal number is <200 mg/dL. For that, for the first 3 months it is recommended to make lifestyle modifications with good diet, rest and exercise. After that, in 3 months a re-examination was conducted to determine the next step whether the drug should be given. If cholesterol levels are higher than normal it can indeed cause an increased risk of heart disease.