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High Cholesterol 101: The Tips, The Tricks, and Facts

Ness, Natasha
Written by Natasha Ness
On June 18, 2021

What does high cholesterol look like?

For those who don’t already know, Cholesterol is a fat-like substance formed in the liver and found in certain foods high-fat foods like meat, eggs, and dairy products.

The body does need some levels of cholesterol in order to function properly. However, too much cholesterol can increase your risk of developing heart disease. 1

Monitoring Your Cholesterol Levels

Data from the chart above pulled from Healthline. 2

Tips for Getting Your Levels In Check

If you find yourself in a position where your cholesterol is high, or if you have a family history of high cholesterol, here are some tips & insights you can do at home to regulate your levels:

Keep an eye out for saturated/trans fats along with any added sugars on your food labels.

The less of these you consume, the better! Try and stick with less than 10 percent of your daily calories coming from added sugars and these types of fats.2

Eat healthy, unsaturated fats.

Try eating avocados and nuts to snack on, replace butter with extra virgin olive oil, and cook leaner cuts of meat.2

Know your family history.

Family history could be to blame for your levels, find out if anyone in your family has struggled with cholesterol and learn what has worked and not worked for them!

Spot the differences.

Remember that not all cholesterol is bad, so talk to your doctor about the best way to balance yours.

Affordable & Accessible Cholesterol Medications

For some, the right cholesterol medications, such as Lipitor (Atorvastatin) for example, can lower your risk of heart disease by 20-30%.3 If diet and exercise haven’t worked, ask your doctor if medication is right for you.

Sources: 1. WebMD  2. Healthline  3. Men’s Health

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