High cholesterol

Use the three steps below to begin your journey to Best Health.

1. Know this

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) in your blood. If you have too much cholesterol, it builds up in your arteries.

Cholesterol is measured by a blood test (lipid panel) and here are the ideal results:

  • Total cholesterol, less than 200 mg/dL
  • HDL “healthy” cholesterol, 40mg/dL or higher
  • LDL cholesterol, less than 100 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides, less than 150 mg/dL

Many things can cause high cholesterol, including:

  • Eating too much saturated fat and trans fat
  • Being overweight and being inactive.
  • Age. Cholesterol starts to rise after age 20.
  • Family history

2. Do this

Some lifestyle changes are important for everyone with high cholesterol.

  • Eat a heart-healthy diet. Include plenty of fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, high-fiber grains and breads, and healthy fats like olive oil.
  • Lose weight, if you need to. Losing just 5 – 10 lbs (2.3 – 4.5 kg) can lower your cholesterol.
  • Get regular exercise. Walking is great exercise that most people can do. A good goal is 30 minutes or more a day.

3. Use this

Check out the following Best Health offerings to help you reduce your risk for high cholesterol.

  • Healthy eating health coaching – Work one-on-one with a Best Health Coach.  
  • Online high cholesterol learning module – Learn about cholesterol and lifestyle choices you can make to help prevent or manage high cholesterol.

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Source: Current as of: April 29, 2021. Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine