Worried about your high cholesterol? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans have higher cholesterol and are looking to lower their numbers. High cholesterol—particularly a higher LDL number—is associated with a higher risk for heart disease. The good news is that you can make some simple changes to help lower your high cholesterol.

–Move more. By exercising regularly, you can lower your LDL cholesterol and your triglycerides, which are a type of fat found in your blood. The current recommendation to maintain general health and weight is to exercise 2½ hours a week—in other words, 30 minutes, 5 times a day. If that sounds daunting, start gradually and build up from there. You also don’t have to exercise all at once; you can break that time up into chunks throughout the day.

–Fiber up. Consuming more soluble fiber can prevent your body from absorbing cholesterol, according to WebMD. Some great food sources for fiber include

  • oatmeal
  • apples
  • raspberries
  • whole wheat spaghetti
  • beans
  • broccoli

-Use less butter. This isn’t easy or fun, but it’s essential if you’re a butter lover and want to lower your cholesterol. Some alternatives: for toast, use avocado or olive oil instead; use olive oil instead of butter when cooking; look up recipes that use other ingredients in place of butter when baking. Olive oil has health advantages over butter and it won’t raise your cholesterol like butter does.

–Stop smoking. Smoking can both raise your bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower your good cholesterol (HDL). Find help to quit now if you’re having trouble on your own.

–Do your best to control stress. Food isn’t the only thing that can skyrocket your cholesterol. Too much stress can cause cholesterol levels to rise too high. Make sure to take some time every day for better self-care, and find ways to manage stress through better time management, meditation or yoga, and enjoyable hobbies.

–Use medications that help lower your cholesterol. Many doctors prescribe statins, a type of drug that helps to lower your cholesterol. Sometimes, statins are expensive, and that’s where Discount Med Direct can help. Discount Med Direct is a mail-order medication service that helps customers save 30% to 80% on their medications. Here’s a sampling of the prices we have available for popular cholesterol drugs. These prices are less than what you’ll find at many pharmacies.

Crestor 5mg 90 tablets $75.00
Crestor 20mg 90 tablets $75.00
Diovan 80mg 100 tablets $106.85
Lipitor 20mg 90 tablets $75.00
Lipitor 40mg 90 tablets $75.00
Pravachol 80mg 90 tablets $82.10
Tricor 145mg 90 tablets $118.00
Zetia 10mg 100 tablets $124.71
Zocor 40mg 90 tablets $72.00
Livalo 2mg 200 tablets $196.02

Call Discount Med Direct for All Your Medication Needs

Discount Med Direct works with a network of licensed U.S., Canadian, and international pharmacies to provide the best prices on prescription medications. We ship direct to your home. We require a valid prescription from a licensed physician. Our friendly employees are ready to help you save 30% to 80% on your medication costs, including when you’re stuck in the Medicare Part D “donut hole.” With locations in Sarasota, Ellenton, and Port Charlotte, Florida; Plains, Pennsylvania; and Rockford, Illinois, we’re ready to help. Call 941-355-7887. Or, visit us on Facebook at Discount Med Direct or online at www.discountmeddirect.com.