Foods that Help Manage Your Cholesterol Levels
It's important to keep your cholesterol numbers under control when
it comes to supporting your cardiovascular health and wellness. When your
cholesterol levels are too high, it can leave you at an increased risk
for developing atherosclerosis—which is the narrowing of your arteries.
This is particularly dangerous as it can cause issues like heart attack
Fortunately, eating a diet rich in “good”,
high-density lipoprotein (HDL), can help regulate your total cholesterol as it helps get rid of "bad",
low-density lipoprotein (LDL). In recognition of National Cholesterol
Education Month, the health experts at Kirby Medical Center are here to
share some tips to help you build a diet that promotes healthy cholesterol levels.
HDL Foods to Add to Your Diet
When it comes to optimizing your HDL levels, strive to maintain an HDL
lab value of 60 mg/dL or higher—although anything over 40 mg/dL
is considered healthy. While your body produces its own HDL, the following
foods will help give your levels a healthful boost:
- Olive oil
- Black beans
- Ground flax seeds
- Bell peppers
- Chicken breast
- 5 oz red wine
If you’re looking for other ways to improve your cholesterol labs,
be sure to reach out to your primary care doctor, cardiovascular care
team, or registered dietitian to determine what’s right for you
and your body. Physical activity that increases muscle mass will also
aid in supporting optimal HDL levels and be of cardiovascular protection for you.
Contact Kirby Medical Center
At Kirby Medical Center, we are dedicated to helping our community learn
how to stay healthy and safe. If you are concerned about your health risks
and the types of vaccines that are right for you,
contact Kirby Medical Center at 217-762-2115 to learn more about how wecan assist with all your healthcare needs.