The last round of bloodwork indicated that the patient is in great shape for the most part. One area of concern is the amount of bad cholesterol in the system. The doctor would like to see those numbers decrease a bit, along with some increase in the good cholesterol numbers. This means the patient needs to make some changes in order to get those numbers in line and avoid the need to start taking medication. Here are some tips that will help.
Time for Some Exercise
It may seem as if there is no time for a workout, but exercise is key to ridding the body of the cholesterol it doesn’t need. If it’s been a long time since the individual went to the gym, start out with something simple. Take a half-hour walk after the evening meal, making sure to keep up a brisk pace. It will be difficult at first, but the individual will soon find that the combination of walking, fresh air, and the chance to decompress after a rough day at the office will become a welcome part of the routine. Along the way, the movement will begin to have an impact on those cholesterol numbers.
Changing the Diet
Now is a good time to shift more toward a plant-based diet. A lot of the cholesterol found in the body comes from ingesting meats and dairy products. Consider reducing the amount of meat consumed, and always go with cuts that contain less fat. Add more vegetables to the diet, and make sure they are seasoned with something other than animal products. In terms of changing things up for breakfast, there are plenty of egg and milk substitutes to consider. Thanks to the range of products on the market today, eggless diets do not have to be bland and tasteless. They will taste just as good, and maybe better, than the usual fare.
Remember that high levels of bad cholesterol can cause a number of health issues. Choosing to make the lifestyle changes needed to bring those numbers back in range decreases the odds of experiencing a major health problem. Within a month or so of making those changes, the individual will notice the mood is better, sleep is more refreshing, and there’s plenty of energy to get through the day.