High Cholesterol

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High Cholesterol

What is high cholesterol?



You can help to lower your cholesterol by eating a healthy, balanced diet that is low in saturated fat, doing regular exercise, stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol. Eating an unhealthy diet that is high in fat will cause fatty plaques to build up in your arteries. This is because fatty foods contain cholesterol.There are also two types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Avoid foods that contain saturated fats because they will increase the levels of bad cholesterol in your blood. Foods high in saturated fat include: meat pies,sausages and fatty cuts of meat, butter, ghee (a type of butter often used in Indian cooking),lard, cream, hard cheese, cakes and biscuits, food that contains coconut or palm oil.

How can it be Prevented?

Cholesterol is a type of fat that is essential for many metabolic processes. There are two types of cholesterol. HDL is the 'good' cholesterol and LDL is the 'bad' cholesterol. Eating foods rich in saturated fats will increase the amount of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a risk factor in coronary heart disease.Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your body and found in your blood. You can also get cholesterol from some foods. It is used for many different things in the body, but causes health problems when there is too much of it in the blood.

More than five million Australian adults now suffering from high cholesterol right now. It's getting so bad that high cholesterol might be Australia's worst killer! A massive one in three Australians in a survey were found to have high cholesterol but only one in 10 knew it.The results of blood tests showed three in four Australians aged over 45 had risk factors for heart disease and nearly half those aged 18- 45 had at least one risk factor for heart disease. As you tell high cholesterol is quite the killer!

How does it affect Australian's?

these are some symptoms of high cholesterol

Bibbliography:www.heartfoundation.org.auwww.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles...Cholesterol_explainedImages: Via Google Images


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