Do you have questions about cholesterol? You’re not alone.
While your body needs this waxy substance to perform essential functions like building cells and making vitamins, too much of a certain type of cholesterol can be a problem for your health.
Learn more about where cholesterol comes from, why it’s important to monitor your cholesterol levels, and how your health insurance can help you stay healthy and informed.
Why You Should Monitor Your Cholesterol
Cholesterol circulates in your bloodstream, which is why a high cholesterol level can put you at risk of heart disease and stroke. There are two types of cholesterol to look at:
LDL: often called the “bad” cholesterol
HDL: known as the “good” cholesterol
Your health insurance may cover a blood test to determine your LDL and HDL levels, as well as your total cholesterol level.
Natural Ways to Help Manage Your Cholesterol
Your health care provider should be the one to help you build a plan for managing your cholesterol. In the meantime, here are a few good habits that may help improve your cholesterol and your overall health:
Follow a healthy diet. Reduce red meat and full-fat dairy products, which are the primary sources of saturated fats. Add seafood and nuts that contain omega-3 fatty acids. Eat more foods with soluble fiber such as oatmeal, kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples and pears.
Stay active. Getting a few minutes of exercise several times a week may help improve your cholesterol levels.
Quit smoking. Giving up your cigarette habit will likely lead to a number of health benefits.
Health insurance covers annual preventive care, including physical exams, so consider scheduling a physical soon if it’s been more than a year since your last visit.
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