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Cholesterol – 01 January 2014
Whenever you hear people talking about heart disease, the word cholesterol comes up and is referred to as “public enemy number 1”. But, before you organise a hit man to rid your body of all cholesterol, remember that you need cholesterol for the production of some hormones like testosterone, and also also to build & repair cells. Fortunately, your liver is an efficient cholesterol factory, so you’d never be able to run completely dry.
However, there is no doubt that having high cholesterol isn’t very good for your heart. Having too much of it, clogs up your arteries and damages the walls of the vessels. Just like high blood pressure and the early stages of diabetes, high cholesterol gives you no tell tale signs, so the only real way to know whether yours is high, is to have it measured.
If you have high cholesterol, or even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to start making changes to your everyday life to keep things in check. Up your intake of healthy fats like nuts, olive oil, omega 3s, and of fibre, fresh fruit and veggies, while ditching the sugary treats, refined carbs and transfats. Being overweight increases all of the unhealthy particles in the blood while exercising regularly generates a healthy blood profile and at the same time, manages your weight.
Just as important as these changes are for lowering cholesterol, they are also good for bones, vision, mental and digestive health. Seems like a portfolio worth investing in doesn’t it?