Stamford, CT (PRWEB) January 25, 2006
Consumers have all heard about the dangers of cholesterol. Across America, and now across the world, a combination of poor diets, inactivity and bad habits have sent cholesterol levels soaring, leaving consumers prone to heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
AP9 SimplyYou, a membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC, says it’s never too late to take control of your cholesterol levels. Better still, you don’t need a special health program to get your cholesterol under control. Just a few simple lifestyle changes can produce dramatic results in a matter of months.
Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. It's an important part of a healthy body, but a high level can be dangerous. There are several kinds of cholesterol, but experts generally focus on two kinds: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL), reports AP9 SimplyYou.
LDL is often called “bad cholesterol” because it can build up in the walls of the arteries that feed the heart and brain, leading to a heart attack or a stroke. Doctors call HDL the “good cholesterol” because at high levels, HDL seems to protect against heart attack. The opposite is also true: low HDL levels may raise the risk of a stroke.
AP9 SimplyYou offers members five common-sense tips for reducing cholesterol as part of an overall healthy lifestyle:
1. Eat healthier
Cut down on high-fat foods (especially those high in saturated fats). Experts recommend eating a variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, cereals, breads, whole-grain pasta, fish, poultry (without skin), lean meats and fat-free dairy products.
If you don’t already exercise, start slowly and build up to at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity per day, including walking, swimming or biking. If you can’t find time for exercise, try walking to work or using the stairs instead of the elevator. (AP9 SimplyYou reminds you to get your doctor’s permission before starting any exercise program.)
3. Take medication as prescribed
If you’re on prescription medication for your cholesterol (or any other reason), it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Missing a dose or taking medications at the wrong time could have a severe impact on your health. If you need help remembering, make a chart or buy a special pillbox with an alarm at your local pharmacy.
4. Quit smoking
Health experts say smoking tobacco lowers HDL cholesterol levels and increases the tendency for blood to clot. It’s also one of the six major risk factors of heart disease that you can change or treat on your own. Ask your doctor about a smoking cessation program if you need help.
5. Stay positive — and stay in control
Instead of thinking about levels and numbers, try to think in terms of overall health. Read food labels, and keep a journal of your progress. Talk with your doctor regularly about your progress, and correct bad habits as you go so that making healthy choices becomes second nature to you. AP9 SimplyYou reminds you that a positive mental attitude goes a long way toward managing your cholesterol.
Members of AP9 SimplyYou can access DealPass to find significant savings on healthy living needs, personal care discounts, and much more! Stay healthy, concludes AP9 SimplyYou!
About AP9 SimplyYou
AP9 SimplyYou is a leading membership discount program offered by Adaptive Marketing LLC. Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Adaptive Marketing is a category leader in both membership and loyalty programs, bringing value direct to consumers through an array of benefits in healthcare, discounts, security, personal property and personals. Members may access their benefits at DealPass.com, an online portal for Adaptive Marketing membership programs. With broad online and offline distribution capabilities, Adaptive Marketing offers its corporate client partners effective tools to enhance market presence, strengthen customer affinity and generate additional value through programs, such as AP9 SimplyYou.
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