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Q: I take medications to lower my cholesterol. What else can I do to help?

Posted June 18, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Exercise can significantly help to lower your cholesterol. No matter what shape you’re in, you can rise to the goal of fighting your condition by increasing your activity levels. Challenge yourself to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity daily or two hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. Moderate activity includes walking fast, dancing, biking, gardening, etc.

At least twice a week you should do strengthening activities for all major muscle groups. Create a written plan for how physical activity fits into your lifestyle. Physical activity not only increases your chances of living longer, it can help you control your blood pressure, blood sugar and weight, reduce your risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes.

This summer make it a goal to help your health and become more active.

Information provided by Jennifer Meurer, Pharm.D., Medicap Pharmacy, 107 N.E. Delaware, Suite 6, 964-8550.

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