Adopting healthy habits such as eating a health, balanced diet and keeping active can help stop your cholesterol levels becoming high.
It is important to keep your cholesterol levels in check as high cholesterol levels can lead to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. If you are concerned about your cholesterol, talk to your GP or Health Professional.
A helpful guide from the British heart foundation about understanding cholesterol https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/publications/heart-conditions/understanding-cholesterol#
|Foods high in saturated fat include||Try replacing with:|
|meat pies||oily fish – such as mackerel and salmon|
|sausages and fatty cuts of meat||nuts – such as almonds and cashews|
|butter, ghee and lard||seeds – such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds|
|hard cheeses||vegetable oils and spreads – such as rapeseed or vegetable oil, sunflower, olive, corn and walnut oils|
|cakes and biscuits||oily fish – such as mackerel and salmon|
|foods containing coconut or palm oil||nuts – such as almonds and cashews|
If your GP has advised you to change your diet to reduce your blood cholesterol, you should cut down on saturated fats and eat more fiber, including plenty of fruit and veg.
British Heart Foundation guide for lowering cholesterol https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/risk-factors/high-cholesterol/five-top-questions-about-lowering-cholesterol
An active lifestyle can also help lower your cholesterol level. Activities can range from walking and cycling to more vigorous exercise, such as running and energetic dancing.
Doing 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week can improve your cholesterol levels.
Moderate aerobic activity means you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat.
Reducing the total fat of a diet can also help, instead of roasting or frying why not try:-
One way to tell whether you’re exercising at a moderate intensity is if you can still talk but cannot sing the words to a song.
Here in LifeTime offer a wide range of activities that can support you in keeping active, including Aerobics, Fit’n’Fun, Yoga, Pilates, Dance & Zumba which can all reduce the risk of heart disease and in some cases may even directly affect cholesterol levels in people who took part in regular activity for 3 or more months.
More details on how to reduce your Cholesterol can be found on NHS
More advice can be found on the following websites