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Tips offered to lower cholesterol levels

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Eating healthier can help you lower your cholesterol, experts say.

Do you know your cholesterol numbers? If not, you should find out.

More than 102 million adults have high cholesterol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter, commonly abbreviated as “mg/dl.”

A total cholesterol number at or above 200 mg/dl is referred to as high cholesterol and may increase your risk for developing heart disease, heart attack or stroke.

You can reduce your total cholesterol through lifestyle changes, even if you have a family history of high cholesterol. Medications can also be prescribed to help lower cholesterol levels.

Experts offer these tips to help lower your cholesterol:

• Eat healthy. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Limit your daily sugar and sodium intake.

• Quit smoking. If you’re a smoker, consider kicking the habit. The CDC’s site offers several resources, including tips, fact sheets and more.

• Increase your physical activity. Enjoy your favorite exercise or physical activity for at least 40 minutes, 3-4 times per week. If it’s been a while, start slow then increase your efforts as tolerable. Keep moving.

Your health plan’s website can help you find a doctor or health provider. The Wellness LiteBlue page has more information.

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