The National Cholesterol Education Program suggests following a diet and exercise program for at least six months. . During this period, the goal is to combine physical activity and weight control to reduce dietary saturated fat and cholesterol.
To lower cholesterol, recommended Cleveland Heart Care Clinic that no more than 30 percent of a daily diet should come from fat. You should also replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats. Cholesterol intake should not exceed 300 milligrams per day. In addition, eat 2-3 servings of dairy products, 2 to 3 portions protein 6-11 servings of bread and cereal products, 3 to 5 servings of vegetables, and 2 to 4 servings of fruit daily.
There are certain foods Food and Drug Administration recommends eating to control cholesterol levels (see Resources below). These foods contain plant stanols or sterols, which occur naturally in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds. Plant sterol and stanol esters are also added low-fat breads and cereals, lean margarine, milk and yogurt, and some fruit juices.
What plant sterols and stanols Do
These drugs block the absorption of cholesterol. Body these drugs looks and behaves like cholesterol. As they travel through the body, blocking the harmful cholesterol from building up in the arteries. Instead, cholesterol is excreted from the body. In a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, patients who consumed about 1 oz. of stanol-fortified margarine each day lowered their bad LDL cholesterol by 14 percent. See link for Medicine. net below for more information.
Identify Healthy Cholesterol Levels
According to the American Heart Association healthy total cholesterol level is less than 200 mg / dl. You are considered to have borderline high cholesterol if the level is between 200-239 mg / dl. You will be diagnosed with high cholesterol if the level is 240 mg / dL and above. Cholesterol levels can be checked with a simple blood test performed by a doctor. You may or may not have to fast depending on the type of test your doctor orders. General recommendations suggest you get your cholesterol levels checked every five years if you do not have other risk factors for heart disease. If levels are high, or you are at a higher risk for heart disease, the doctor recommended more frequent testing. You and your doctor can find the right program to help lower cholesterol levels and keep them there. The guidelines above is a general overview, however, and your doctor can make specific recommendations.