Your body needs cholesterol to work properly, but too much in your blood, causes PLAQUE, which can stick to the walls of your arteries or even block them. High cholesterol can raise the risk of heart attack or stroke. There are no signs or symptoms of high cholesterol. Cholesterol levels must be detected with a blood test. Men ages 35 and older and women 45 and older should be checked yearly, maybe more often, depending on current levels and other risk factors.
Causes of high cholesterol are hereditary or if you are overweight and eat a lot of fatty foods.
You can lower cholesterol by exercising more and eating more fruits and vegetables.
To improve your cholesterol, exercise regularly. Losing just 5 to 10 pounds can help to lower cholesterol levels.
Studies show that a heart healthy plan, combining a healthy diet and physical fitness can decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol by 5 to 10%. 30 minutes of exercise per day is a good deal.
Try riding a bike with family or friends, walking your dog, playing a favorite sport, gardening or taking walks to places you enjoy like the beach or an up-beat stroll through the zoo.
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