Cholesterol is the fat-like substance naturally found in our body as it is produced by the liver. This substance, however, can also be found in our diet. It is vital for our body to function optimally.

Having too much cholesterol in the body can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular conditions like heart disease. As cholesterol builds up in the inside walls of the arteries, it impairs the normal flow of blood, causing chest pain, heart attack and stroke.

Understanding Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a naturally occurring, fat-like substance that is produced by the liver. It is present in our cells, and we need it so our vital organs like the brain, heart and muscles can function normally.

There are two classifications of cholesterol: HDL (or high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is tagged as the good cholesterol while LDL (or low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is the bad one. It is the LDL cholesterol that clogs up the inside walls of the arteries and contributes to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Eating Healthy

Healthy diet choices can lower cholesterol levels and greatly contribute to improvement of your overall well-being.

Managing Weight

Having excess bodyweight is a risk factor of high cholesterol. By losing at least 5 percent to 10 percent of your weight, you can lower the cholesterol risk and improve your overall well-being.

Incorporating healthy diet and regular exercise can go a long way. Park farther away and go for a walk or use the stairs or pack something healthier than fast-food. These little things can add up.

Getting Exercise

Get in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. Physical activity greatly contributes to an increase in HDL cholesterol.

To stay enthused for exercise, be in the company of like-minded people. Getting an exercise buddy or joining such a group can help you keep motivated.

Before engaging in any exercise or physical activity, consult your doctor.

Breaking Bad Habits

Tobacco smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can worsen your condition.

Quitting smoking can lead to a reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. Excessive alcohol use can result in serious health complications like stroke, heart failure and high blood pressure.

In addition, you need to take a doctor-prescribed medication for cholesterol.

Taking Medication

Among the medications used to address high cholesterol are niacin, statins, fibrates and bile-acid resins. The treatment is most effective if combined with low-cholesterol diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

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