Do – Monitor Your Cholesterol
Knowing the ‘big picture’ of cholesterol doesn’t do much good if you don’t keep track of it. Unlike most serious illnesses, high cholesterol does not have any symptoms to indicate its presence. This means it’s possible to suffer from high cholesterol, and not even know it. Once a heart attack or stroke occurs, however, it could be too late. The only way to know if you have high cholesterol (aside from cardiac arrest) is to get tested by your doctor. In fact, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), after 20, you should have cholesterol checked every five years minimum.
Don’t – Get Careless with Dieting
Even assuming you are getting regular exercise and taking your medication as prescribed, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat. The medication is there to correct an imbalance of other factors; it does not mean that you can indulge in anything and everything you’d like to eat. Just because you have cholesterol-lowering medications does not mean you have more leeway to consume additional high cholesterol foods. If you can’t resist the call to binge, then binge carefully- eat more foods that lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol, or at the very least, don’t affect it at all.
Do – Carefully Moderate What You Eat
Mindful eating means knowing what to cut out, what to cut down, and what to keep. As mentioned earlier, lots of trans and saturated fat can cause problems for you, as can certain sugary options. These are the foods to limit or remove from your diet altogether. However, there are other moderate cholesterol food items that are safe to eat, provided that you do so appropriately. Eggs, for example, are a great source of protein, but they can, in excess, contribute to cholesterol problems. Sub in low fat/salt/sugar options for your favorite foods, and don’t eat them all at once.Related: 8 Drug-Free Ways to Lower Cholesterol Levels