Five ways to control your cholesterol during winters

General surgeon Maj (Dr) Manish Jajodia (Retd.) shared ways to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood instead of using cholesterol-lowering drugs or not.

 They said that your health is in your hands. Cholesterol is the greasy substance in the blood that should be in limited quantities but is harmful when it goes above normal levels in the blood. High levels of LDL Cholesterol affect our health, especially the heart-damaging the coronary arteries (vessels supplying the heart). 


Five ways to control your cholesterol levels during winters

1. Increase dietary soluble fiber - Eating soluble fiber can reduce cholesterol by decreasing its absorption into the bloodstream. Consume pears, apples and beans, and oatmeal that contain soluble fibers.

2. Reduce saturated fats- While consuming fats, remember that polyunsaturated fats and saturated fats increase bad ( LDL) cholesterol.

3. Consume food rich in omega-3 fatty acids - They promote cardiovascular health. 

4. Exercise daily for 30 mins to increase good cholesterol ( HDL). It protects the heart against cardiovascular disease. Lose some weight by adding exercise to your routine.

5. Kick the butt and drink (if you have to): Smoking adversely affects the lungs and the heart. Avoid smoking to increase the good cholesterol ( HDL) that acts as a protective cover to the coronary arteries. Moderate drinking leads to higher levels of good cholesterol. If you want to drink, do drink in moderation.


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