The good news is that it is possible to prevent and control it. How? By making some fairly simple lifestyle changes:
- Losing weight, if necessary, and maintaining a healthy weight
- Being physically active
- Following a healthy eating plan
- Eating less salt, and
- Limiting your alcohol consumption
A healthy diet contains ample servings of fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy products. It is moderate in total fat and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Included are whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts. Reducing sodium intake is an important component.
Here are some tips to help you help you eat healthier:
- Make small changes like adding a serving of fruit or vegetables at lunch and dinner.
- Slowly increase your use of fat-free and low-fat dairy products to three servings a day.
- Gradually cut in half the amount of butter, margarine or salad dressing you eat.
- If you now eat large portions of meat, cut them back by a half or third at each meal.
- Try two or more vegetarian-style (meatless) meals each week.
- Try casseroles, pasta and stir-fry dishes, which have less meat and more vegetables, grains and dry beans.
- Try fresh or dried fruits, raw vegetables, or low fat and fat free yogurt for snacks.
If you need a family practitioner, please visit www.chsli.org or call 1-855-CHS-4500.