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How To Lower Your Cholesterol

Watch more How to Be Healthy videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Modify your lifestyle to lower your cholesterol. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Always consult a physician before attempting any exercise plan, or before changing your diet. Step 1: Limit fat intake and avoid trans fats Read nutrition labels. Eat low fat foods, which contribute to your cholesterol more than anything else. Avoid trans fats -- hydrogenated fats found in margarine, shortening, and many baked goods. Tip Less than 1% of your diet should be from trans fats. Step 2: Limit cholesterol intake Maintain a low-cholesterol diet, with no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterol per day. Tip Cholesterol is found only in food from animal sources. Step 3: Include fiber in your diet Eat high-fiber foods. Good sources of fiber include oats, dried beans, fruits, and vegetables. Step 4: Exercise Get plenty of exercise. Physical activity can increase HDL -- good cholesterol -- and lower LDL -- bad cholesterol. Step 5: Consult your doctor Ask your doctor about any additional steps you should take to lower your cholesterol, such as statin drugs or fish oil supplements. Step 6: Get blood lipid tests Get regular blood lipid tests to track your progress. Did You Know? In 2009, a study found a link between tail-chasing in dogs and high cholesterol.
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