Reducing total cholesterol, LDL, and triglyceride levels
The first step in treating cardiovascular disease is to lower LDL-cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood.
LDL cholesterol is usually the primary target and lowering its levels in your blood entails making changes to what you eat, specifically by reducing the amount of saturated fat in your diet.
Other lifestyle behaviours, such as weight loss, taking regular exercise, and stopping smoking can also significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
In addition to lowering LDL and triglyceride levels through nutrition, raising beneficial HDL levels through diet can also reduce the risk.
Reducing your cholesterol
|Goal||How to achieve goal||Nutritional and lifestyle advice|
|Decrease LDL-cholesterol levels||
|Decrease triglyceride levels||
|Raise HDL-cholesterol levels||
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