If you have just been diagnosed with high cholesterol it's only natural to wonder what you can do yourself to lower this.
Some things that put you at increased risk can’t be changed; like the risk you inherit from your parents, your age and any symptoms you already have. But some things can be changed such as what you eat and your lifestyle.
You can help improve your cholesterol levels by:
- Eating a healthier diet
- Adopting foods that actively lower cholesterol
- Being more physically active
- Stopping smoking
- Managing your alcohol intake
- And if you are overweight by losing weight, reducing your waist circumference and then maintaining these changes.
Don’t expect to change your lifestyle overnight. For most of us that’s just not possible. Try to identify 2 or 3 things you can do now and which you can maintain. Think how they can become a regular part of your lifestyle. Once new habits are established try making more changes.
Small changes can result in a big difference to your health over time. You can find out more about healthy living on the following pages or visit the NHS Choices website.