What can help me reach my cholesterol goal?
Remember to discuss with your doctor all treatment options that are available to you.
If you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol, chances are your doctor has recommended a diet low in fat and cholesterol. Food is a major source of excess fat and cholesterol in your body. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish a day. The AHA also recommends keeping total fat to less than 30 percent of your calories, and limiting saturated fats (butter, shortening, stick margarine) to less than 10 percent.
Being more physically active is an important way to keep your heart healthy. Exercise not only helps decrease LDL cholesterol, it increases HDL cholesterol. The combination of diet and exercise also helps control your weight.
Some people, because of body chemistry or heredity, have too much LDL cholesterol. If diet and exercise alone aren't effective, your doctor may prescribe a medication to lower your cholesterol. Your doctor can decide which medication is best for you. Once you're on a medication, take it as your doctor recommends. And don't stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor. If you have any side effects, be sure to tell your doctor.