Statistics show that 28% of adults over the age of 40 take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol levels.
If you have high cholesterol, you'll understand the importance of keeping it below the danger zone.
But that's easier said than done, especially if you're taking prescription drugs for your cholesterol. You see, often people on statins believe they can take certain liberties when it comes to their diet - thinking the statins will right any wrongs they make.
But that's not the case - and you'll know it when you just can't get that fine balance right.
Read on below to find out 3 common mistakes you could be making that are throwing your cholesterol levels out...
Steer clear from these common mistakes if your cholesterol levels are out of control...
Mistake #1: Skipping breakfast
Research has tied skipping breakfast to elevated cholesterol levels. In one study by Harvard School of Public Health, researchers found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from heart disease
One egg a day is fine, say Finnish researchers who found no association between one egg per day and a heightened risk of heart disease
. Just make sure you avoid greasy fare like sausage and bacon, and keep high-salt processed meats to a minimum.
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Mistake #2: Replacing fats with refined carbohydrates
Replacing fats in your diet with refined carbs and sugar can increase your risk of obesity
, type 2 diabetes
and high triglycerides.
Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine
found that severely obese participants with a high prevalence of diabetes
lost more weight during six months on a carb-restricted diet than on a calorie- and fat
-restricted diet. The low-carb group also experienced an improvement in insulin sensitivity and triglyceride levels.
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Mistake #3: Cutting out or adding single foods to your diet
Adopting an overall healthy eating plan, rather than adding or subtracting single foods from your diet, will improve your cholesterol levels significantly.
One diet that’s been shown to help lower cholesterol is the Mediterranean diet -- which is rich in fruits, vegetables, olive oil, whole grains, fish, nuts and beans.
One particular study published in the New England Journal of Medicine
found that this change can slash your risk of heart disease by 30%!
Avoid these common pitfalls, and exercise every day, and your cholesterol levels could normalise on their own - without the use of statin drugs.