How's that resolution of getting down to acceptable cholesterol levels going for you?
I want to make sure those promises you made on New Years Day – or any day for that matter – haven't faded to a distant memory.
Look, I'm not going to nag you about it.
I'd never do that because stressing out and obsessing over your cholesterol levels is the worst thing you can do. (You did know that stress increases cholesterol, right?)
Having unbalanced high cholesterol levels is just one factor in assessing your risk for heart disease.
(By unbalanced, I mean that your cholesterol ratios are out-of-whack.)
Other risk factors you'll want to consider include:
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Do you have a family history of high cholesterol or heart disease?
- Do you have diabetes?
All of these risk factors in total will help "paint a picture" that you and your doctor should look at to assess your risk.
And look … don't get all down on yourself if a couple weeks of changes doesn't produce results.
Remember, it took years for your cholesterol and triglycerides to get this messed up, right?
And don't think you have to be perfect either.
Sure, the more healthy changes you make, the better.
But getting more exercise doesn't mean you have to join a local gym and start training like you're a professional athlete.
Just do something to get your blood pumping. Any extra "moving around" can do your body good.
Start doing the things you already know you should do to help your cholesterol levels. Things like…
- Cut back on trans fats.
- Eat more whole, natural foods.
- Do that "exercise thing" in whatever form that takes for you.
And if you want a whole big bag of tricks to pull from, then you might want to take a look at these natural cholesterol tips.
But I want you to know this much…
No matter what your age – no matter how bad you think your cholesterol problem is – I'm telling ya, you can do this.
You can and will get to those acceptable cholesterol levels if you do the right things and keep at it. And by golly, your health is worth it!