I can’t believe it’s now been over a year since I started my cholesterol-lowering journey and started writing this blog. The last 12 months have flown by so quickly. I had a health check up last Thursday, and I’m pleased to say that my cholesterol hasn’t increased since my last check up – in fact it’s gone down. My total cholesterol is currently 4.3 mmol/L, and my HDL (‘good’) cholesterol is 2.04 mmol/L.
Apples are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods. They’re also full of nutrients and antioxidants, so an apple a day really could help keep the doctor away. Here are some cholesterol-friendly suggestions to include more in your daily diet:-
It was once thought that those with high cholesterol should avoid eggs completely because they contain a lot of cholesterol. But the general consensus now is that the cholesterol found in food has much less of an effect on blood cholesterol than the amount of saturated fat you eat.
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It’s now been 8 months since I found out I had high cholesterol and had to seriously rethink my food choices. I have to say it’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be to reduce my cholesterol and keep it low, which makes me wonder why doctors are so quick to recommend statins, especially considering all of scary side effects that have been reported.
One of the best things about holidays is trying new foods, so I generally don’t worry too much about sticking to a low cholesterol diet when I’m away. You only live once after-all! But there are still lots of simple ways to fit cholesterol-friendly foods into your holiday eating, without missing out on all the good stuff:-
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Beans are one of the best (and cheapest!) things to eat if you have high cholesterol, because they’re rich in cholesterol-lowering soluble fibre. They’re also a good source of protein and contain nutrients like iron and magnesium, so eating them every day will be hugely beneficial for your health.
Just to warn you, this blog post is pretty dull, but I wanted to share this information as it wasn’t that easy to find on the internet.
Doctors often prescribe statins for people with high cholesterol to lower their total cholesterol and reduce their risk of a heart attack or stroke. In fact it feels as if they are handed out like sweets these days, because so many of my parent’s generation take them. I guess we’re very lucky to have access to medication that will help to lower our cholesterol, but I’m wondering if we should be resorting to statins so readily.
It has now been three months since I found out I had high cholesterol. After making some fairly easy changes to my diet, I reduced my cholesterol to an acceptable level, but I couldn’t end it there. Unlike a lot of diets, this is one I can’t ever give up! I have to maintain this for the rest of my life, otherwise I could risk developing heart disease.
Reducing the amount of saturated fat in your daily diet can help to lower your cholesterol. Look out for the ‘Saturates’ or ‘sat fat’ number on food nutrition labels. It’s best to mostly eat foods with less than 1.5 grams of saturated fat (per 100 grams).