Lifestyle Changes to Manage Lipid Disorders
- Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fat and cholesterol.
- Exercise regularly.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Take your medication as ordered.
- Limit calories from saturated fat to fewer than 7% of your total calorie intake and cholesterol to less than 200 mg per day.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables per day, and plenty of whole grains.
- Eat oily fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week.
- Limit excess carbohydrates.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/24/2013 -
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