Hyperlipidemia is a fancy word for high levels of lipids or "fats" in the blood. It is the medical term used for patients with elevated cholesterol levels. Ideally, blood cholesterol should be below 200 mg/dl. As noted in The Mayo Clinic, serum cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dl are considered high. With these facts in mind, let's explore ways to prevent high cholesterol levels, and lower cholesterol in individuals diagnosed with hyperlipidemia.

WebMD outlines ways to prevent high cholesterol levels such as eating a diet low in saturated fats, trans fat, and low in cholesterol and saturated fats. WebMD also recommends an exercise regimen, a weight management program, and smoking cessation. Let's look into these concepts a bit further. Keep in mind the importance of consulting your practitioner for a regimen plan that best fits your needs.

Key factors to a healthy and energetic lifestyle are illness prevention, early disease detection, and a proactive approach towards health and wellness. Let's discuss further ways to decrease saturated fats, also known as "unhealthy fats", from food choices. Establishing a diet rich in the "healthy fats" such as Vitamin E, fish oils, and non-saturated fats is a great way to promote low cholesterol in the body. For example, instead of grabbing a bag of potato chips, try a peanut butter sandwich or a delicious cocktail of fresh nuts. For people with nut allergies, flaxseeds and certain fish, such as Salmon, contain a great source of healthy fats promoting the good cholesterol levels. These food choices are high in "healthy fats" which help lower the "bad fats" also known as low-density lipoproteins (LDL). LDL's raise cholesterol levels, and contribute to plaque buildup in the arterial walls of the heart. Other ways to lower cholesterol levels is by increasing the consumption of high-fiber foods such as oatmeal, granola, brown rice, whole wheat breads, green-leafy vegetables, fruits, and fiber-rich cereals.

Nutritious food choices are a great start to a healthier you! There are other ways to empower yourself into a healthy lifestyle to help lower and prevent high cholesterol. Many practitioners recommend exercises and weight management programs that are tailored to the individual's plan of care. Studies have shown that maintaining an exercise routine may help reduce cholesterol, lowers stress levels, increases energy, and promotes overall wellbeing. There are many exercise programs available such as yoga, swimming, tai chi, and others. You can search in a local library or the Internet for programs and classes within your area. A physician or primary care provider would always be consulted before initiating any changes in nutrition, physical activity, or your general health.

*The information discussed in this article is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your health care provider prior to putting any suggestions into practice.