Four lifestyle changes you can make today:
- Don't smoke. Avoid second-hand smoke. (Smoke lowers HDL, the good cholesterol, the one you want to be high.)
- Exercise. At the minimum, take a daily walk.
- Reduce saturated fat. (e.g. full-fat dairy products, marbled red meat. Some amount satured fat is beneficial.)
- Eliminate processed carbohydrates. If it dissolves in your mouth, toss it. If it's made from wheat (flour), choose something else to eat.
Here's a list. It's for people who ask, "Like what?", when I recite Number 4.
Severely limit the following, even if it says "Made with whole grain":
Hot dog buns
What did I leave off?
Note: For an explanation of how intake of highly processed carbohydrates can lead to increased cholesterol and triglycerides, see my post, "Cholesterol Production Via Carbohydrate Intake".