Hyperlipidemia can affect anyone and it’s serious! It increases your risk for heart attack or stroke. The higher your lipid levels, the higher your risk. The good news is that for many people some simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can improve lipid levels and reduce your risk for heart disease.
Losing only 10 pounds if you are overweight can reduce your bad cholesterol levels by 5-8%!
Getting Active Helps Hyperlipidemia
Having a sedentary lifestyle is hard on your heart and it is a major risk factor itself for heart disease. When you engage in regular physical activity your heart is stronger and able to pump more blood throughout your body more efficiently. This helps bring vital nutrients and oxygen to your brain and to all parts of your body.
- Helps manage your weight and losing weight helps lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol
- Helps raise your “good” HDL cholesterol
- Helps lower triglycerides
- Improves the fitness of your lungs and heart
- Lowers blood pressure
- Can reduce your risk for developing diabetes or reduce your need for insulin
150 Minutes – the Magic Number to Help Hyperlipidemia1
You do not have to run marathons or ride in long-distance bike races. Just 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week can make a huge difference in your heart health. Start slow and gradually increase your effort – take short walks and then build up to long walks.
- American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp#.WlZnv66nHIU. Accessed on January 10, 2018.