National Cholesterol Education Month: 5 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels
Remind yourself to get your blood cholesterol checked because September is National Cholesterol Education Month.
Did you know that anyone, regardless of age, can have dangerously high cholesterol level? This is the perfect time to know more about what this means and how this can affect your health.
Along with the proponents of this event, Veteran Car Donations aims to raise awareness of this common health issue in the hopes of helping every individual achieve better health and a higher quality of life.
How High Blood Cholesterol Levels Affect Your Health
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that’s found in your blood and in your cells. While most of the cholesterol in your body is produced by your liver, the rest comes from the food you eat. Packets called lipoproteins bundle up and transport cholesterol as it travels through your blood around the body.
There are two types of cholesterol: the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is the good kind because it keeps cholesterol away from the walls of your blood vessels. On the other hand, the LDL is the bad kind because when it goes higher than its desirable level, it can result in cholesterol deposits accumulating in your blood vessel walls.
What Happens When You Have High Blood Cholesterol?
Your body needs cholesterol to ensure that all of its parts are working like they’re supposed to. Your cholesterol level increases when you eat food with too much of it. When this happens, the cholesterol that’s only supposed to float around in your blood will stick to your blood vessel walls and cause them to become narrow.
If this remains unchecked, the cholesterol will clog up your blood vessels over time. The damage that this will cause in your body will eventually lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
How to Keep Your Cholesterol Levels Healthy
If you have high cholesterol in your blood, it’s extremely important for you to take steps to lower it. The key is to make food and lifestyle choices that will contribute to your own personal cholesterol goals. Here are some of the things that you can do to be in the pink of health:
- Have a well-balanced diet.
A diet that’s low in trans fat and saturated fat will be good for you. This diet includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, legumes, nuts, and non-tropical vegetable oils. Remember to have a limited intake of red meat, sugar-sweetened drinks, and sweets.
- Be more active.
Do you know that exercising for at least 2.5 hours every week is enough to improve your blood cholesterol levels? If you haven’t been physically active for quite some time, choose to start with simple 10-minute exercises.
- Stop smoking.
In case you don’t know, smoking changes how your body handles cholesterol. It raises your harmful LDL and lowers your beneficial HDL – something you don’t actually want to happen. Smokers who quit usually find out that after a year of not smoking, their HDLs have increased by 5 percent.
- Lose the extra pounds.
People who’ve lost weight not only feel good and look good, they also significantly decreased their LDL and increased their HDLs.
- Go easy on the alcohol.
Medical experts recommend one drink per day for healthy women regardless of age and for men above 65 years old. Moreover, men who are 65 years old and below can have up to two drinks per day.
Do What Your Doctor Says
In some cases, even after making healthy lifestyle changes, some people are still advised by their doctors to take medication that helps keep their cholesterol levels healthy. Don’t let this discourage you from pressing on with the healthy changes you made because your healthy lifestyle will help keep your medication dose low.
Having a healthy mind and a healthy body is worth more than anything in this world.
Unfortunately, thousands of our homeless veterans don’t have both. If you want to help them during the National Cholesterol Education Month or even beyond that, you can donate an unwanted vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations by calling our toll-free 24/7 hotline 877-594-5822 or filling out our online donation form.
To know more about our organization, our fast, easy, and convenient donation process, the tax deductions and other rewards that our donors receive, the types of vehicles you can donate, and other related matters, feel free to call us. You can also visit our FAQs page or contact us online if you have inquiries.
We accept vehicle donations wherever you are in the United States since we have car donation programs in all 50 states.
Call us at 877-594-5822 and make your car donation now!