Learn More About Cholesterol

Excess total cholesterol and LDL “bad” cholesterol will stick to the walls of our blood vessels, narrowing the space for blood to flow. This prevents ox-ygen and nutrients from reaching vital organs. Most dangerously, it can prevent oxygen from getting to the heart or brain, increasing our risk for heart attack and stroke.

A reduction in total cholesterol and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, and an in-crease in HDL “good” cholesterol levels directly results in a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, so it is vital that we achieve healthy levels of cholesterol.

Risk Factors:

  • Being over weight
  • Smoking
  • Family history of high cholesterol
  • Poor diet, consuming a lot of sugars and fats
  • Lack of exercise, living a sedentary lifestyle

Lifestyle changes:

  • Cholesterol-lowering foods such as vegetables, fruits, fish, lean poul-try, legumes, whole grains, nuts and olive oil
  • Taking a fibre supplement, fibre pulls cholesterol from the body
  • Avoid foods high in trans fats, saturated fats
  • Avoid sugar
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Support gut health and digestion
  • Support liver health
  • Regular exercise
  • Quit smoking
  • Get tested regularly
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