High levels of the wrong kinds of cholesterol in the blood may increase the risk of developing heart disease. A healthy diet can help to lower your risk of high cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.
Cholesterol has many important functions in the body. It is necessary for producing hormones and maintaining healthy cells. We don't want to eliminate cholesterol, but too much of it can be unhealthy. High cholesterol levels in our blood can cause fatty deposits to build up inside our blood vessels, making it difficult for blood to flow through. If these deposits continue to grow so the blood vessels become blocked, this can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke.
At Advantage Healthcare and Physiotherapy, our Dietitian can help you learn how to reduce your cholesterol levels and help keep your heart healthy. Achieving and maintaining a healthy, comfortable weight is an important factor in keeping your heart healthy. In addition to this, or if you are already a healthy, comfortable weight, there are a number of other specific dietary factors that need to be considered.
We will help you understand the different types of fat in the diet and how they affect your cholesterol levels. We will also discuss the importance of plant-based foods and the role they have in reducing our cholesterol and protecting your heart. It may also be important to reduce your intake of salt to help manage your blood pressure.