Some risk factors for lipid disorders, like family history or problems in your genes, cannot be changed. But, there are steps you can take to keep lipid levels in a normal range to lower your risk of problems. These include:
- Eat a healthful diet. Choose a variety of different foods. Focus on fruits and vegetables, and whole grains and high fiber foods. Limit saturated and trans fats, and cholesterol.
- Get regular exercise—Aim for 150 minutes a week of activity. Make exercise part of a daily routine by choosing things you like to do.
- Keep your weight in a healthy range. Balance the calories you eat with those you burn off. Use food labels as a guide to make healthy choices.
- Limit alcohol to 2 or less drinks a day for men and 1 or less drinks a day for women.
- Talk to your doctor about the best ways to quit smoking. Quitting will also improve your overall health.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2019 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2019 -