Lifestyle Changes to Manage Lipid Disorders
- Eat a diet low in saturated and trans fat and cholesterol.
- Exercise regularly.
- Lose excess weight.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation.
- Quit smoking.
- Treat chronic medical conditions
- 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,.
- Aim for plenty of fiber. Fiber which can be found in whole grain foods like oatmeal may help control cholesterol levels.
- Eat oily fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week.
- Limit excess carbohydrates.
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/01/2014 -
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