Spread the love
A lot of people my age (over 50 years) have what doctor’s term high cholesterol. Mine normally sits at around the high 5’s which is probably a little on the high end. Over the years my doctor has advised me to make dietary changes to try to lower my cholesterol and I normally adhere to his advice. However more often than not it is genetically inherited.
So why the big fuss about cholesterol and what can we do to lower it without the need for medication? Well here are some facts that I found on the Australia Heart Foundation’s website:
Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your body and found in your blood.
What can it do?
Too much cholesterol in the blood causes fatty deposits to gradually build up in blood vessels. This makes it harder for blood to flow through, which can cause a heart attack or stroke.
Types of cholesterol
There are several types of cholesterol found in your body.
Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol because it can add to the build up of plaque in your arteries and increase your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
High density lipoprotein (HDL) is also known as ‘good’ cholesterol because it helps to protect you against CHD.
Healthy cholesterol levels
It is best to aim for low LDL cholesterol and higher HDL cholesterol.
Total blood cholesterol levels above 5.5 mmol/L are an indication of a greatly increased risk of developing coronary heart disease. Levels above 6.5 mmol/L are considered to indicate extremely high risk.
What can I do to lower my cholesterol?
Making lifestyle changes, in particular changing some of the foods you eat, is very important to help to reduce your cholesterol and improve your heart health.
With Cardiovascular disease being the leading cause of death in Australia, it goes without saying that we all should be taking care of our health and ensure that we keep things in check. I for one want to be around for the pitter patter of tiny feet in the form of grandchildren in the years to come!
This was a sponsored post for Flora Pro-activ.
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
Comments are closed.