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How To Prevent High Cholesterol Levels

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Updated June 03, 2014

There's a lot of talk about how to lower high cholesterol levels, but not about what to do in order to prevent high cholesterol. There are things that you can do in order to prevent high cholesterol from happening - and they all begin with making a few changes to your lifestyle.

Learn the Difference Between Saturated and Unsaturated Fats

Unsaturated fats, saturated fats, partially hydrogenated fats...what do these words mean? When it comes to your heart health, they are important to understand. While some fats can be helpful in keeping your cholesterol levels low, other can raise your cholesterol levels and place you at a higher risk of getting heart disease later on. Knowing which fats can sabotage your cholesterol levels can help you to prevent heart disease later on.

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The Basics of a Low-Cholesterol, Low-Fat Diet

Eating low fat has gained a lot of popularity through the years - not only because it can help you to lose weight, but also because of the benefits it can have on your heart health. Vegetables, fruits, and whole grains are just a few of the delicious foods that you can eat on a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet. There are also many low-fat diet plans out there, just in case you need a helping hand to assist you in eating low fat. In any case, eating low fat can help you to prevent high cholesterol.

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Add Exercise To Your Daily Routine

Exercise has many heart healthy benefits - including helping you to prevent high cholesterol and heart disease. The good news is that, in order to see the benefits of exercise, you don't have to be a star athlete. There are many types of exercises you can do - from low-impact exercises to aerobic exercises - and all have shown some benefit in keeping your body limber and your cholesterol levels low. If you already have high cholesterol levels, exercise can be very helpful in preventing your cholesterol levels from increasing further. More On the Benefits of Exercise:

If You're Smoking - STOP NOW!

When most people think of smoking, they mostly think about the lung diseases that go along with it. However, the damage that smoking can do goes much deeper. In fact, smoking can increase your cholesterol levels and cause heart disease. If you quit smoking now, you can prevent this from occurring, and reverse the damage that you have done if you quit now.

Reduce Stress in Your Daily Life

Although stress is important in helping us escape from bad situations, persistent stress could lead to heart disease. Recent research is indicating that recurrent stress could also have a an affect on your cholesterol levels. Learning how to cope with stress in your life could help keep your cholesterol levels in check and your heart healthy.

Other Ways To Prevent Cholesterol

There are many other ways you can prevent high cholesterol, too. Losing weight and paying attention to medications that can raise cholesterol are a few more of the important ways you can prevent your cholesterol levels and your risk of heart disease from increasing.
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