Healthy Diet: Cut Your Cholesterol
Expert Opinion from Dr Ross Perry
Simple Changes to Reducing Cholesterol
Healthy Diet magazine investigate cholesterol – common and potentially serious health concern.
Dr Ross Perry explains:
“High cholesterol is caused by multiple factors such as family history, age, genetic predisposition, diet and exercise.”
“Each contributes to a varying degree but diet, or a healthy lifestyle, is one of the more important factors. Anyone with a poor diet – one low in fruit and veg and high in fatty junk foods – will respond the best to improvements. If you believe you already have a healthy balanced diet – and, importantly, your doctor concurs – then possibly medications are advisable.”
He goes on to comment on lifestyle factors:
“Receiving a diagnosis of high cholesterol is a reality check.
“Although the lack of accompanying physical symptoms might make lifestyle changes hard to maintain, in the long run, the benefits are numerous.”
Balanced Diet is key:
“High cholesterol needs to be assessed properly as it’s the ratio of the ‘good fats’ (HDL) versus ‘bad fats’ (LDL and triglycerides) that determines how we need to alter our diet.
“If the HDL is low, then the dietary changes need to include more oily fish such as sardines and mackerel to boost these, and if our LDL is high, we need to lower our saturated food intake with less red meat, dairy products and confectionary.”
5 ways to cut cholesterol
Healthy Diet magazine outlines 5 areas to focus on in cutting cholesterol:
- Choose whole grains for pasta, rice, flour and bread – not white
- Add oat bran to your porridge
- Avoid ready meals – choose freshly prepared food instead
- Limit alcohol
- Choose rapeseed oil
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