The Beginners Guide to Lowering Cholesterol

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By George Farah, MD, Cardiologist, University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland, Ohio

 

 “Your cholesterol levels are high,” says your doctor after running blood work as part of your routine check-up appointment. It’s important to know what that means…and what you can do about it.

Nearly one third of Americans have high cholesterol and every year, nearly 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in the fats, or lipids, in your blood and when cholesterol builds up, plaque can be formed between layers of artery walls. This causes your arteries to become hardened and narrow, slowing blood flow to your heart. Too much cholesterol in your blood can lead to cardiovascular disease. The good news is you can lower your cholesterol to reduce your risk of heart disease by keeping a few simple things in mind.

Stick to a Heart-Healthy Diet

Remember the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” You should be eating a variety of nutritious foods, sticking to a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins and high-fiber foods. It’s always a good idea to seek out ways to add fiber to your diet. One way to do so is by taking a heart health supplement, such as Meta Daily Heart Health. Meta Daily Heart Health is clinically proven to work naturally with your body to help lower cholesterol. You can click here for savings on Meta Daily Heart Health. It’s also important to avoid the foods that are high in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.