Not only is September a great time to soak up the gorgeous fall weather, enjoy the changing leaves, and sip bottomless pumpkin spice lattes, but it’s also the perfect time to get your cholesterol checked because it’s National Cholesterol Education Month.
Whether you’ve got great HDL or not–so–great LDL — or maybe you don’t even know what either of those things are — this is an excellent opportunity to educate yourself on why cholesterol health is so important.
Here are three simple steps you can take to maintain happy cholesterol. (That’s HDL, by the way.)
1. Get Checked
First things first, always get checked. But how often? That depends on several factors … your age, predisposition, family history, diet, etc.
As a rule of thumb, most physicians recommend getting your cholesterol levels checked every five years. But, if cholesterol complications run in your family, then you should expect to be seen more frequently by your doctor, considering your risk for heart disease increases when you have unhealthy cholesterol levels.
2. Prevention Is Key
One of the main things doctors and researchers have discovered about high cholesterol and its impact on heart health is that prevention is key, especially considering that cholesterol can be managed by smart and healthy lifestyle choices.
Here are a few tips that can help you reduce your odds of developing high cholesterol and subsequent poor heart health:
Avoid junk foods, especially those with trans fat, which is usually listed as “partially hydrogenated vegetable oil” on food labels.
Maintain a healthy weight for your figure/stature.
Incorporate moderate to intense exercise into your daily routine.
3. Get a Boost!
Outside of exercise and lifestyle choices, there are other ways you can positively support your cholesterol and overall heart health, not just this month, but every single day.
Supplementation can be an excellent choice that conveniently fits into your already busy and demanding schedule. Products like Heart Shake Booster are simple to use and can easily be incorporated into any health and wellness routine. Heart Shake Booster is made with plant sterols that can help reduce dietary cholesterol absorption.*
National Cholesterol Education Month only lasts 30 days, but your health lasts you a lifetime. Honor yourself and your health now and in the years to come. Keep these three simple tips in mind on your own journey toward #HealthyChange.
*Foods and supplements containing at least 0.65 grams per serving of plant sterol esters, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 1.3 grams, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Heart Shake Booster supplies 0.65 grams of plant sterol esters.