Are you suffering from high cholesterol levels? Try to make some lifestyle changes! According to a recent large Chinese study, having a healthy diet will lower your very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Exercising regularly, lowering alcohol consumption and maintaining a healthy weight in combination with a waist circumference, will not only lower your VLDL cholesterol but will increase your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) ‘good’ cholesterol as well. The researchers also investigated the effect of non-smoking and found out that it had a relatively small impact on cholesterol levels.
Furthermore, the study compared the effect of lifestyle changes and the effect of cholesterol-lowering drugs on lowering cholesterol. The researchers confirmed that drugs have the expected effect, but this effect was found to be much weaker than the effect of lifestyle changes on VLDL cholesterol. These lifestyle changes, if combined together, can lead to a 14% reduced risk of heart disease as a result of high cholesterol.
The researchers believe that if you already are taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, then making the mentioned lifestyle changes will only enhance the positive effect on your cholesterol levels because they affect different components of total cholesterol and therefore complement each other.
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