High Cholesterol: Factors That Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease
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January 27, 2022
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How to Read and Understand Your Cholesterol Levels (Dr. Eric Berg DC)

Lowering your cholesterol can be important if your levels are too high. High cholesterol can put you at an increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

If you have been advised to make dietary changes, there are a number of things to consider and several general rules to follow.

You should try to avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week, and avoid binge drinking. You can ask your GP for help if you are struggling to cut down.

There are two main types of fat, which are saturated and unsaturated. Eating too many foods high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in your blood. The NHS says most people in the UK eat too much saturated fat.

The American Heart Association says that in general, red meats (such as beef, pork and lamb) have more saturated fat than skinless chicken, fish and plant protein, and can raise your blood cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease.

Eating plenty of fiber helps lower your risk of heart disease, and some high-fiber foods can help lower your cholesterol.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada says: “As a rule of thumb, steer clear of highly processed foods, even if they are lower in fat content. Low-fat or diet foods are often loaded with calories, sodium and added sugar.”

It says that it is also a good idea to add more vegetarian options like beans, lentils, tofu and nuts to your weekly meal plans, and “get in the habit of filling half your plate with vegetables and fruit”.

The organization also explains: “In the last 20 years, the rules on healthy eating have shifted. Super restrictive diets aren’t sustainable or the healthiest choice.”

However, Heart UK says: “Anyone can have high cholesterol – even if you are young, slim, eat well and exercise.

“That’s because high cholesterol can be caused by different things. It can be caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, but it can be genetic too.”

Having too much cholesterol can block your blood vessels. It makes you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke.

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Related: High Cholesterol Symptoms, Risk Factors and Treatment (Midtown Atlanta Nephrology)

Notice: This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before making any changes to your wellness routine.

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