We need cholesterol, but we know that we need to watch our dietary habits
because too much cholesterol can be detrimental to our health.
Cholesterol, which is produced in the liver plays an important role in the
build-up of cell walls and is a basic ingredient for the production of
hormones and bile. Bile makes sure that fats are absorbed in the stoamach.
Usually there is a balance in the production of and the use of within the
body but when this balance is upset, usually by too much saturated fats in
the diet, or an individual suffers for instance from diabetes, the body
slides off balance and a high cholesterol count can lead to many health
What can we do to avoid the heart problems that can arise from a high
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Restrict saturated fats. Watch out for
hidden fats, biscuits, crisps and chocolate contain much fat. Eat more fish,
fish contains healthy unsaturated fats.
- Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and use wholemeal pasta and rice
instead of the white processed versions.
- Stop smoking!
- Move! Try and become more active. Walk more, bike or swim if you enjoy
being outside. Its good for your physical health but you'll also feel good
if you 'work out' regularly.
- Try to keep your bodyweight at normal levels. Obesity is bad for the heart.
- Have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked.