Blood Donors Can Monitor Their Overall Cholesterol Level
Here at OneBlood, we provide donors with a complimentary health and wellness check before each blood donation. If you have made a donation and wish to see your total cholesterol from your last donation, please check out your personalized donor portal.
If you suffer from high cholesterol, you can start on your journey to lower your cholesterol and protect your health with minimum lifestyle changes.
The Center for Disease Control recommends adjusting your lifestyle to increase your daily exercise, eat well, and not smoke. You can also start by knowing your risk factors for heart disease. Many of these risk factors you can change; however, there are some that you cannot.
Risk factors you CANNOT change:
Risk factors you CAN change:
- High blood pressure
- Physical inactivity
Small Goals Can Make a Big Impact
You can start by setting small goals at first, such as increasing your daily intake of vegetables or by going on a walk. You can also start by reading the labels on food products and limiting your saturated fat intake.
Making healthy choices can also be a family affair, try planning heart-healthy meals for the whole family. By including your family on this lifestyle change, you can establish a great support system, which will make your journey of lowering your cholesterol more successful. Learn more about how making small changes to your food choices can help lower your cholesterol.
Communicate With Your Doctor
Another important goal is to set good communication with your doctor and other health care professionals. Seek out medical advice if you feel that managing your cholesterol with therapeutic lifestyle changes are not working for you.
High cholesterol can not only be caused by lifestyle choices but can be caused by genetics. Certain genes that you inherit from your parents may require more than just diet and exercise to lowering high cholesterol. Many adults may require drug therapy to help them manage their cholesterol. It is important to talk with your medical provider to determine your risks and setting the best treatment approach for you.