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5 Factors That Affect Cholesterol Levels

Updated on January 20, 2012
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Heart disease, marked as the leading cause of mortality in America and on other parts of the world, has awakened people’s minds on how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle.

People are now starting to become extremely cautious about their health and get their selves screened to determine if they are at risk of high cholesterol levels, hypertension or any other detrimental disease.

High cholesterol, as one of the biggest contributors of heart disease, is a common condition that many men and women of our time may acquire during their early 20’s and up to their late 50’s. To keep you informed on what factors that may affect your overall cholesterol count, below are the common denominators you can start to work with.

Food and Diet

The kinds of foods you eat is a good reflection of your heart. Modifying your diet is one of the key techniques to help you achieve a healthy level of cholesterol.

If you’re fond of eating fried foods, you may want to think twice! Fried and processed foods highly possess saturated fat and high levels of the bad cholesterol. Instead, you may want to opt for a steamed cook fish that has omega-3 properties that can bring benefits to your heart.

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Physical Activity

Another factor that highly affects high cholesterol level and heart disease is physical inactivity.

If you’re not fond of sports or any kinetic activity, you may want to consider in taking long jogs or walks for at least 30 minutes per day. A simple exercise such as walking goes a long way in lowering your bad cholesterol levels.

Weight

Being overweight puts you at risk of illnesses including hypercholesterolemia. If you’re way beyond your ideal body weight, you may want to consider shedding some pounds to help you lower your risk of heart disease and even diabetes.

Heredity

If your father’s mom has a health history of high cholesterol, there is a huge chance that you can acquire this condition too.

Although heredity is a non-modifiable risk factor, you can still do something about it.

How? You can start to live a healthier lifestyle to help you prevent, control and lower cholesterol levels.

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Increasing age

High levels of cholesterol is commonly the result of poor eating habits, inactivity and obesity that is accumulated ever since we are born.

If you think you’re at risk of high cholesterol even though you’re in your early 20’s or 30’s, it is best for you to start exercising, choose the proper cholesterol lowering supplements, be picky when it comes to food and aim for your ideal body weight.

Prevention always has been and always will be better than cure.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Bravo! More people need to hear, "Prevention always has been and always will be better than cure."

      Very practical points you have here. Offering straightforward info to help us think the needs through is a great start on HP.