A simple blood test is used to measure your total cholesterol level as well as HDL cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol – which helps to remove excess cholesterol out of the cells).
Cholesterol control often requires lifestyle changes which your pharmacist can give you advice on:
Eating healthily and undertaking regular exercise are key to helping get your cholesterol to the right levels. They can also help stop cholesterol rising to unhealthy levels in the first place.
The importance of a healthy diet cannot be over-stressed. Some foods contain cholesterol, known as dietary cholesterol, however, the cholesterol found in food has less impact on the level of cholesterol in your blood than the amount of saturated fat that you eat, so keeping an eye on the fats in your food is important.
Apart from monitoring your diet, an active lifestyle can help to lower cholesterol levels and research suggests about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week can help to improve your cholesterol levels.
Smoking is also a factor in cholesterol control. Smoking increases the risk of coronary artery disease in people who have high cholesterol levels. It also lowers HDL ("good") cholesterol, and even inhaling second-hand smoke has been shown to lower HDL cholesterol. Studies show HDL levels often rise soon after a person quits smoking.
As the medicines experts, our pharmacists can also answer questions you may have about any medicines prescribed by your doctor to help lower your cholesterol levels
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