I find there is much confusion about cholesterol testing. There are two types of cholesterol: high densitiy lipoprotein (HDL) and low density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is the “good’ form of cholesterol and LDL is the bad form of cholesterol. If the ratio of HDL: LDL is out of balance (ie not enough HDL, too much LDL),this increases your risk of cardiovascular disease.
There are many dietary and lifestyle changes that can lower your cholesterol, which include:
Eliminating damaging trans fats found in fast foods, fried foods and baked goods. Trans fats
increase bad cholesterol.
Reduce saturated fats by eating only lean meats.
Increase the amount of good fats from cold water fish, nuts and seeds.
Increase fresh fish, whole grains, fresh fruit & vegetables, olive oil and garlic
Decrease sugar in your diet. Soft drinks, fruit juice and processed foods contain hidden
sugars. An over supply of sugar is converted to fat by the body, which affects cholesterol
Increase exercise. Daily physical activity improves cardiovascular health, stabilises
cholesterol levels and maintains weight.
Incorporate a healthy lifestyle by decreasing stress and smoking. These can increase
There are also many natural remedies that work well to decrease cholesterol, along with changing diet and lifestyle.
It’s never too late to start making changes. So why don’t you make a booking and start improving your health and lifestyle today.