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  • WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL?
  • Cholesterol is a type of fat made in the liver and found in animal foods.
  • CHOLESTEROL IS NEEDED FOR IMPORTANT BODY FUNCTIONS. Such as...
    • Building cell walls
    • Protecting nerves
    • Making hormones.
  • THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF CHOLESTEROL.
    • THE GOOD . ( HDL or High Density Lipid)
    • THE BAD and the UGLY !! ( LDL or Low Density Lipid.)
  • A higher level of HDL is needed to carry LDL from the BLOOD back to the LIVER to be ELIMINATED from the body.
  • If there is a higher level of LDL cholesterol in the BLOOD this may:
    • Cause high blood pressure!
    • Raise your risk of heart attack!
    • Raise your risk of stroke!
    • Cause the kidneys to fail!
  • HOW ??
  • Cholesterol is broken down into LDL which is needed by the body cells. Once the cells are satisfied the unused LDL remains to become what is known as blood cholesterol.
  • The main danger of high blood cholesterol is that fatty plaques may form which will decrease the diameter of blood vessels. This leads to a restriction of the flow of blood and oxygen to the tissues of the body.
    • If an artery supplying blood to the HEART becomes blocked you may have a heart attack!
    • If an artery supplying blood to the BRAIN becomes blocked you may have a Stroke!
    • If an artery supplying blood to the kidney becomes blocked you may suffer kidney failure.
  • WHAT CAUSES HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL?
  • The main causes are:
    • Eating too much high saturated fat. i.e. fat found in butter and dairy products, cakes, biscuits and take away foods.
    • Being overweight.
    • Not exercising.
  • WHAT CAN YOU DO TO LOWER YOUR CHOLESTEROL?
  • YOU CAN …… eat more:
    • Fruits and vegetables.
    • Fibre rich foods, e.g. oats and wholemeal bread.
  • YOU CAN…. eat less
    • Fried, take away, fast foods.
    • High fat dairy products and eggs.
    • Non - Veg….
    • Saturated fats and oils.
    • Biscuits, cakes and pastries.
  • YOU CAN... USE
    • Unsaturated oils (olive oil) instead of lard.
    • Low fat cooking methods: steaming, grilling and microwaving.
  • YOU SHOULD…
    • Make exercise a part of your day. (Walking is good).
    • No smoking
    • Drink more water.
  • THE LINK BETWEEN BLOOD CHOLESTEROL LEVELS AND HEART DISEASE IS CLEAR.
  • STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IF AN AVERAGE MAN CAN REDUCE HIS BLOOD CHOLESTEROL BY ONLY 10% HE CAN REDUCE HIS RISK OF HEART ATTACK BY UP TO 50%!!
  • Start NOW to make the changes because….. YOUR HEALTH AND WELL BEING ARE IMPORTANT TO YOU AND TO US!!
  • Wishing You A Healthy Life.....