How to lower high LDL

Q: How can I lower high (137)  LDL readings?

A: LDL is Low-Density Lipoprotein,   which makes up 60%-70% of total cholesterol. It is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it causes the build up of plaque inside arteries.  

Diet and exercise are important lifestyle changes that can help you lower LDL.  The National Institutes of Health provides a free 85 page publication that provides all the information you need, “Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol with TLC (Therapeutic  lifestyle Changes)”  It discusses a heart healthy eating plan including sample menus, becoming physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. There’s also information provided on why cholesterol is important, determining your heart disease risk, metabolic syndrome and advice on how to make heart healthy lifestyle changes.

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