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What lifestyle changes are recommended if you have high cholesterol?
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Lifestyle changes are aimed at reducing all risk factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, and include the following:

  • Quit smoking. Smoking allows LDL cholesterol to enter blood vessel walls more easily and cause damage.
  • Healthy eating
  • Increase exercise. Regular exercise appears to increase HDL levels while reducing LDL and triglycerides.
  • Ensure blood pressure is normal
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Look after your mental health- people who have depression or who are socially isolated may have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease- speak to your GP if you think this applies to you.
  • If you have diabetes, ensure that your blood glucose control is good, and attend your doctor for regular check ups.
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