Thursday, October 17, 2013

The foods you eat can help lower your cholesterol. Dr. Edward Hill tells us about lipids and ways you can lower the fat levels in your blood in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Fats in the blood are called lipids. Lipids join with protein in your blood to form lipoproteins. Lipoproteins make energy for your body, so theyre important to the cells in your body.

Most people have high levels of fat in their blood because they eat too much high-fat food. Some people have high fat levels because they have an inherited disorder. High lipid levels may also be caused by medical conditions or stress.

You can lower your lipid levels by making the following changes in your diet:

Buy lean cuts of meat. Cut away all visible fat before cooking it.

Remove the skin from chicken before cooking it.

Dont eat fried foods or high-fat sauces.

Instead of frying meat, broil it or grill it.

Dont eat egg yolks.

Use low-fat dairy products.

Put more fiber in your diet. Fruits, grains and vegetables are good sources of fiber.

Exercise and medication can also help lower the fat levels in a persons blood.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.