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How can my cholesterol level be lowered?

Q: I am a 36 years old male who had serum cholesterol level of 220 mg/dl six months back. Now it is 246 mg/dl and fasting plasma glucose is 85 mg/dl. How can my cholesterol level be lowered? I don't smoke or drink. I am non-vegetarian. Please help.

A:Lipid levels can be reduced by lifestyle changes, medications, or a combination of these approaches. Try to make some changes in their day-to-day habits, by:

  1. Reducing total and saturated fat in the diet
  2. Losing weight (if overweight or obese),
  3. Performing aerobic exercise, and
  4. Eating fruits and vegetable - eating up to six servings per day provide the most benefit. Cruciferous vegetables (i.e., broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts), green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease to the large extent by also reducing cholesterol.
Please also get fasting lipid profile after 12 hours of fasting to get complete picture.


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