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If you have been to the doctor lately and found out that your cholesterol is not so good, then you definitely need to take action. If the level is not too elevated or you do not have a genetic component, you can try lifestyle modifications before starting medicine.

High cholesterol is important because it increases the risk of heart disease. The bad cholesterol, LDL carries cholesterol throughout the body and LDL cholesterol builds up in your arteries. The good cholesterol, HDL picks up excess cholesterol from the arterial wall and takes it to the liver.

So what do you do? Before going directly to medical treatment, lifestyle changes are essential to improve your cholesterol level. The old adage diet and exercise cures all is true. Here are some suggestions:

1. Eat more high-fiber foods-

Foods high in dietary fiber reduce cholesterol absorption. High fiber foods include

oat/bran, bananas, apples, pears, beans, and Brussel sprouts. Try oatmeal with bananas for breakfast.

2. Add good fats/ Decrease bad fat-

Try to decrease high saturated fat and omir trans fat from your diet. These types of fats will definitely raise your total cholesterol level. High saturated fat foods include red meat, processed meats and some dairy products(butter and cheese). Trans fat I listed usually as partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. Stay away from this fat. Good fats are monosaturated fats found in olive oil, avocados, almonds and walnuts.

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