What Can I Do About High Cholesterol?

Did you know? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that more than 102 million Americans age 20 and older have high cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, so that’s a lot of people at an increased risk of developing heart disease!
During American Heart Month, our team at AFC Urgent Care Dedham wants you to know what you can do lower your cholesterol levels, especially if your last cholesterol blood test was higher than you would like.
What Is the Purpose of Cholesterol?
Your cholesterol plays an important role in your overall health—it’s part of the structure found in the body’s cells. It is responsible for producing the hormones and enzymes necessary to help your body properly digest and break down food into useful energy.
However, when your cholesterol level gets too high, it can cause fatty deposits to build up in your blood. As a result, your arteries can become blocked, which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
Risk Factors for High Cholesterol

  • Poor diet
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes

Can You Prevent High Cholesterol?
Fortunately, there are ways you can both manage and lower your cholesterol levels. For starters, you want to make sure you are eating a healthy diet, which includes more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. When eating fats, you want to choose good fats—like those found in olive oil and nuts—and consume them in moderation.
Practicing other healthy lifestyle habits can also help you lower your cholesterol. Exercise regularly, limit your alcohol consumption, don’t smoke and get plenty of quality sleep each night.
Heart-Healthy Exercises

  • Brisk walking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Cycling
  • Jumping rope

When was the last time you had your cholesterol levels checked? Visit AFC Urgent Care Dedham today for a checkup. No appointment is necessary.