High cholesterol is the bane of the developed world. In the modern world we have more, better and much easier to prepare food than in previous centuries. But, this also means, far too many of us now have the opportunity to overindulge. (I’ll put my hands up here and say I’m one of those guilty of what I have to call greed). The problem with this kind of eating is that it does have the tendency to raise our cholesterol levels.
According to the NHS evidence strongly indicates that high cholesterol can increase the risk of:
narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
transient ischaemic attack (TIA) – often known as a “mini stroke”
peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
So I think we can all agree that we need a few ideas of reducing our cholesterol levels.
So I thought I would share the following five tips which you can use to help reduce your cholesterol with our recourse to medication.
a) Yes indeed I know healthcare professionals sound like a broken record on the subject of drink. But it is important to cut down (if you do drink) to cut a glass or two a day. Oh and make sure that you have a few drink free days each week including weekends.
b) Smoking tobacco. If you still smoke please please do give up. Please check out a previous blog post with a few tips to help you quit.
c) Now I know that many pixels have died in the cause of lecturing us about taking more exercise. But it also has numerous other benefits as this article shows!
d) Chronic stress can impact on your cholesterol levels. To have a look at these great ideas for reducing stress in your life.
e) Foods fortified with plant sterols and stanols. Foods which contain sterols and stanols include corn, coconut, olive and sunflower oils, beans, corn, peanut butter, almonds, oranges, apples, and avocados. A great way of getting down your cholesterol.
If you do have any concerns about your cholesterol levels please do speak with a medical professional as they are best able to advise on your best course of action!
And if you do have any other tips for reducing cholesterol please do share them in the comment section at the bottom of this blog post.