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February 20, 2020



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Doctors are the experts when it comes to addressing health problems and finding solutions to such problems. When it comes to prescribing treatments for their patients’ health needs, they tap into the wealth of knowledge from years of study and deep experience from years of medical practice.

 

Despite being such experts on providing the proper cure for health issues, doctors also have their own health concerns. Let’s take a look at what doctors do for one of the most common health conditions, high cholesterol. How do doctors treat themselves to bring cholesterol down to healthy levels and keep the heart healthy and happy?

 

Eat food high in magnesium. According to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, magnesium is a little-known but effective cholesterol buster. It works as a “natural calcium channel blocker and helps keep hearts healthy without side-effects of other anti-cholesterol drugs.

 

Try a plant-based diet, to help you stay away from too much sugar. This Reader’s Digest article cites Manfred Sandler, MD, a cardiologist from Atlanta, who sticks to a plant-based diet, with a moderate helping of protein.

 

Increase soluble fiber in your diet, which can help lower bad cholesterol or LDL. Dr Elias Brinton, President of the Utah Lipid Center, suggests the intake of high-bier foods such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits and nuts on a daily basis.

 

Snack on a Mediterranean diet. Instead of chips or junk food, try slices of avocado drizzled with olive oil, says Dr. Glenn Rich, endocrinologist and obesity specialist in Connecticut.

 

Add berries to your food choices. Berries have natural antioxidants and anthocyanins, which help the heart. Dr Nitin Kumar from the Bariatric Endoscopy Institute, gastroenterologist and expert in cardiometabolic risk, cites research that shows berries address factors including cholesterol conditions.

 

Choose dark chocolate, which are known as a source of polyphenols which help in heart health. Dr Cynthia Geyer, a heart specialist, recommends dark chocolate with at least 75% cocoa.

 

Sleep at least 6-8 hours a night. Deficiency in sleeping time contributes to heart diseases, particularly higher blood pressure, a risk factor for heart problems, says Dr Jennifer Haythe from the Columbia University Medical Center.

 

These 7 tips are practiced by those in the know about how to treat cholesterol, the doctors themselves. Many choices abound on how to help manage cholesterol problems. Whatever the choices and decisions, staying well and sticking to the wellness journey are the bottom line.

 

Whelan, C. [n.d.]. 16 Things Doctors Do to Lower Their High Cholesterol. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/things-doctors-lower-high-cholesterol/

Whelan, C. [n.d.]. 16 Things Doctors Do to Lower Their High Cholesterol. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/things-doctors-lower-high-cholesterol/

Whelan, C. [n.d.]. 16 Things Doctors Do to Lower Their High Cholesterol. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/wellness/things-doctors-lower-high-cholesterol/

Andersen, C. [n.d.]. 45 Things Heart Doctors Do To Protect Their Own Hearts. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/heart-doctors-heart-health/

Andersen, C. [n.d.]. 45 Things Heart Doctors Do To Protect Their Own Hearts. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/heart-doctors-heart-health/

Andersen, C. [n.d.]. 45 Things Heart Doctors Do To Protect Their Own Hearts. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/heart-doctors-heart-health/

Andersen, C. [n.d.]. 45 Things Heart Doctors Do To Protect Their Own Hearts. Retrieved from https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/heart-doctors-heart-health/

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