Your heart health is largely in your control. Many of the factors that contribute to cardiovascular disease, including high cholesterol, are preventable. Good Samaritan Hospital urges men in the greater San Jose community to become informed about how they can reduce their risk for heart problems by controlling their cholesterol levels. The following highlights key steps you can take to maintain a healthy cholesterol count and avoid the need for future cardiac care.
Limit Your Consumption of Trans and Saturated Fats
Fat is not an inherently bad substance for the body. Knowing how to distinguish between healthy and harmful fats can make a difference on your cholesterol levels. No matter what foods you purchase at the grocery store, keep a close eye on their nutritional labels. Foods high in trans fat or saturated fat can spike the amount of unhealthy cholesterol in your body. Foods that commonly contain large amounts of trans or saturated fats include margarine, animal products, and packaged foods.
Establish a Consistent Exercise Routine
Physical activity encourages the efficient metabolism of the foods you eat, including those that contain cholesterol. To ensure that your body can capably process cholesterol and maintain a healthy level of it, it’s important to exercise on a regular basis. Not only can consistent physical activity regulate your cholesterol levels, but it can also strengthen your cardiovascular system for greater overall heart health.
Undergo Regular Cholesterol Screenings
Engaging in preventative measures is central to maintaining normal cholesterol levels. Even when you do your part to protect your heart health, however, you should still undergo periodic testing by your physician. Only a medical professional can administer a cholesterol test, assess your results, and determine a course of action if your levels are too high.
Are you due for a cholesterol test? Call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011 to learn more about the risks of high cholesterol and how to figure out what actions are best for you.