Last month I visited my primary care physician for an annual physical that included fasting blood work. I have never had any serious medical conditions. My blood pressure and blood work have always been good and most times very good. Imagine my surprise when the medical assistant called with test results and said my LDL cholesterol was too high at 150. I never expected any bad reports. She went on to say, “the doctor wants you to treat it with diet and exercise and she’ll see you in six months.” I thanked her and hung up. I didn’t ask any questions. I had questions. The doctor wants me to lower cholesterol with diet and exercise. What diet? What exercise? I partnered with Amwell to bring you this sponsored conversation about my honest experience with a the online Amwell services.
This was the perfect time for me to learn about the option of interviewing an Amwell nutritionist. Amwell is the largest online telehealth provider. You can meet with a board-certified, licensed doctor or psychologist and even have access to trained and certified nutritionists through an internet connection or a simple phone call. The service providers are available for “online” office hours day or night! Amwell doctors often handle minor illnesses and injuries, prescription refills, and chronic condition management. This is perfect for college kids who wait until the on campus health center closes to come down with an illness. What a relief for moms everywhere! It’s great to have Amwell as an invaluable resource on mobile or desktop. Amwell can meet your most of your healthcare needs while helping you save time and money.
I decided to take advantage of the Nutritionist services and ask my questions about lowering cholesterol with diet and exercise. I had the pleasure of speaking with Maika Luongo to get some answers. During the registration process, you answer a few simple questions. You also have the option to upload files or test results for the health care provider to review. The normal cost for a session with a nutritionist is $25 and may even be covered by your insurance plan. I got to use a special code to receive my first service for $1 and I get to the share the code with you.
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Tips from Amwell Nutritionist: Lower Cholesterol with Diet and Exercise
Lower LDL Cholesterol with Diet
Eat more lean meats. (Fish, chicken, venison)
Switch to low-fat dairy and yogurt.
Eat a large variety of fruits and vegetables with meals and for snacks.
Eat healthy fats. (Avocado, nuts and vegetable based oils)
Don’t eliminate carbs because they are what powers your brain.
Choose healthy fats. (Potatoes, sweet potatoes, quinoa, bananas, oats, whole grains are best choices.)
Lower LDL Cholesterol with Exercise
Use a fitness tracker app.
Find a fitness buddy to motivate and inspire you.
Move at least 10,000 steps per day. The more the better.
Add a variety of exercises whenever possible. That way you don’t get bored and you build muscle, too. (Swimming, strength training, yoga, barre)
I have been following the Weight Watchers Smart Points plan and Maika thought most of my food and exercise choices were a great start. She said that even a 10% weight loss can help significantly lower your LDL Cholesterol numbers. Maika did inform me that it can take 6 weeks or more to see a change in numbers with diet and exercise. She also asked me about hereditary cholesterol problems. Sometimes genetics can affect your cholesterol numbers, so it’s important to know your family medical history.
Again, I was thrilled to be able to speak directly with a nutritionist right from my kitchen counter top. We chatted through video conferencing (not required) for almost 30 minutes. I was able to ask and get my questions answered. I will be using Amwell in the future that is for certain!
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Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!