Dr. Suzanne Sorof discusses three tips to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
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Dr. Suzanne A. Sorof: Ladies, I have three tips for you if you would like to reduce your bad cholesterol level and increase your good cholesterol level. The number one thing is to watch what you are eating. You want to eat healthy. Choose foods that are low, that are not fried, that are cooked in a way that it’s broiled or boiled, that they are grilled in such a fashion that they just have a little bit of light oil on them so that you are not in heavy butter or heavy sauces. The number two thing you can do is exercise because that will increase your good cholesterol which is cardio protective and it will decrease your bad cholesterol. And the last thing you can do is stop smoking because we do know that that decreases your good cholesterol levels and that would be a negative and take away from what you are trying to do with the other portion of your diet. In addition to modifying your exercise, being overweight predisposes somebody to having high triglycerides. Triglycerides are small particles that travel around one’s body. They are very elevated in smokers and they are elevated in people who are overweight or obese. What we found is that these also predispose people to chronic illnesses such as diabetes.