Cholesterol, rather high cholesterol levels have always been a subject of worry for many. One such reader wrote in to us asking about how he can control his cholesterol levels. Here is an in-depth answer by our expert Dr Varun Mallya on exactly what he should do.
Question: My total cholesterol is 239 and LDL is 170, and my other parameters are okay. How to reduce my total cholesterol and LDL? What foods can help me control my cholesterol levels and maintain heart health? As of now I spend 45 minutes walking and jogging.
Answered by Dr Varun Mallya
Changing your food habits is as essential as getting the right amount of exercise. All you need are a few simple tweaks in your daily diet and exercise regime to help you get your cholesterol levels under control. Here are some tips you might like to include into your lifestyle
1. Olive oil: Switch to olive oil for cooking. Research has shown that the Mediterranean people consume olive oil and have very low incidence of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Olive oil contains a mix of various anti-oxidants which lower your bad cholesterol (LDL). Use it for your tadka or add it as a dressing to salads. Extra virgin olive oils are even more beneficial as they are less-processed and retain more anti-oxidants than the other varieties. Read more about skin and hair benefits of olive oil.What can I do to keep my cholesterol levels under check? - Switch to olive oil for cooking,