Dr. Afsh Shares Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol


With the opening of our Lipid Clinic in early February, Dr. Afsh,Board Certified Lipidologist, shares a few tips to help you lower your cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a contributing factor to many chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Lowering your cholesterol can help you live a longer, healthier life. Here are Dr. Afsh’s tips for lowering your cholesterol:

Eat more fiber 
A variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber, a nutrient that can help lower your cholesterol.

Stay away from refined grains
Replace refined flour and white rice with whole-wheat flour and brown or wild rice.The refining process reduces the amount of fiber from our daily need.

Healthy fats 
Omega-3 fatty acids are good fats found in fish, like salmon and tuna. Add these types of fatty-fish for a low-cholesterol diet that also promotes heart health.

Go nuts
You can help lower cholesterol by snacking on just a handful of walnuts or almonds a day.

Track your health
Download free apps on your smartphone like My Cholesterol Table to track the cholesterol content in a variety of foods or Health360 to track overall health.

What’s your number?
Knowing whether your cholesterol is high or low can limit the risk factors for heart disease and stroke and guide you in taking preventive measures.

Category Cholesterol Level
Healthy Less than 200
Borderline High 200-239
High 240 and above

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