Cholesterol, The Basics Of Prevention (cont.)

Finally, don't forget exercise. Physical activity goes a long way toward helping you lose weight, while increasing "good" cholesterol and decreasing "bad" cholesterol. And along with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains, exercise can help lower blood pressure. To reap these benefits, experts suggest a total of 30-60 minutes per day of physical activity (it doesn't all have to come at the same time).

It's never too late to improve the health of your heart. Start today by taking steps to control your cholesterol, lose weight, and improve your diet. Your reward will be a longer, healthier life.

Originally published Feb. 25, 2004
Medically updated Feb. 11, 2005.

SOURCES: American Chemical Society National Meeting, Washington, D.C., Sept. 6-11, 2003. News release, American Chemical Society.

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