Cholesterol Management in Washington, DC
Managing your cholesterol levels is vital to reducing the risk of heart disease. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and high blood cholesterol can result in strokes, heart attacks, coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease.
The first thing that you should do to find out whether you are at risk of heart disease is to have your cholesterol levels checked. You can do this by getting a blood screening test called a lipoprotein analysis. If your cholesterol levels are too high, you’ll want to manage it by changing your lifestyle.
Dr. Enelow can help you change and adapt to a new, more healthy lifestyle to help you manage your cholesterol and enjoy life to the fullest. Schedule an introductory conversation today!
Dr. Enelow Creates Custom Exercise Programs to Manage Your Cholesterol
Being overweight will contribute to high cholesterol levels. Losing as little as five to 10 pounds can have a big effect on reducing your total cholesterol. If you haven’t been exercising at all, begin by doing 15 minutes of exercise a day for three to four times a week. Even if you’re just going for a walk after dinner, it will have an effect.
Once you’ve grown accustomed to exercising for short periods, begin exercising for 30 to 60 minutes a day. Going for regular jogs or bike rides, or even swimming laps, will all help to improve your cholesterol levels.
Dr. Enelow Helps You Manage Your Cholesterol & Diet
A poor diet can lead to becoming overweight – but having high cholesterol doesn’t always mean you are overweight. You can be at a healthy weight and still have a poor diet. The following are tips to help improve your diet in order to prevent your cholesterol levels from going up.
- Avoid unhealthy fats – Fats like saturated fats and trans fats will raise both your LDL cholesterol and your total cholesterol. These fats are found in red meats, processed foods and junk food.
- Eat healthy fats – Not all fats are bad – healthy fats can be found in avocados, pecans, walnuts and olive oils.
- Limit dietary cholesterol – Egg yolks, organ meats and whole milk products contain highly concentrated sources of cholesterol. Replace them with healthier alternatives, such as skim milk, almond milk and lean cuts of meat. And don’t eat more than seven eggs a week.
- Eat whole grains – Whole grain breads, oatmeal, oat bran, whole-wheat flour, brown rice and whole-wheat pasta all contain nutrients that help to promote heart health.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are packed with dietary fiber, which can help to lower your cholesterol levels.
- Eat fish – Several types of fish, such as salmon and mackerel, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health.
Bad Cholesterol? Quit Smoking!
If you are a smoker, we recommend you quit. Not only is it a healthier lifestyle choice in general, but smoking increases your risk of heart disease because it will damage your blood vessels as well as speed up the accumulation of plaque within your arteries.
What to Expect from Dr. Enelow
- Contacting Dr. Enelow – Call Dr. Enelow at 202-728-9630 or email Dr. Enelow to schedule an appointment.
- Appointment – As one of the top Washington, DC internists, Dr. Enelow will meet with you to discuss and diagnose your medical needs. You’ll never feel rushed or unimportant, and Dr. Enelow takes great pride in providing every single patient the highest-quality of care possible.
- Payment – Dr. Enelow does not charge an annual retainer fee and does not accept insurance. The first comprehensive visit is approximately $800 – $1,100, depending on your visit and medical needs. Most 30-minute visits are $250 – $400.
- Filing Insurance Claims – Our office files all of your claims to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Cholesterol Management in Washington, DC
For information about getting your cholesterol levels tested, please schedule an introductory conversation with Dr. Enelow today.
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