1. High cholesterol can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases.
2. Anyone can have high cholesterol.
3. There is no way to know if your cholesterol is high without getting it checked.
4. High total cholesterol matters far less than the type of cholesterol that is high.
5. For many cardiovascular diseases, the most effective treatment is prevention. Improving your cholesterol levels can reduce the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.
6. No matter your background, you can significantly change your cholesterol levels and reduce your chances of early death and disability.
7. Being active at least thirty minutes several times per week, not smoking, and reducing stress can significantly improve your cholesterol levels.
8. Eating fewer calories, saturated fats, and trans fats and consuming more complex carbohydrates, fiber, and unsaturated fats greatly benefits cholesterol levels.
9. Lifestyle changes are generally as or more effective at improving your cholesterol levels than medications.
10. The lifestyle changes that help your cholesterol also modify other contributors to cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and obesity. Therefore, changing your lifestyle can save your life.