A post in Harvard Health Publishing says that by lowering your blood LDL (“bad”) cholesterol level, even if it is normal, you help reduce your chances of having a heart attack. It’s especially important if the LDL level is above 130 milligrams per deciliter. For every 10% drop in your cholesterol level, your heart attack risk potentially falls by 20% to 30%.
There are several steps you can take to lower your cholesterol level, like losing weight if needed, being more active, and choosing healthy foods. Here are three simple steps toward a healthier, cholesterol-lowering diet:
If lifestyle changes don’t get your cholesterol to a healthy level, ask your doctor if a cholesterol-lowering drug makes sense for you.