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 problems.
What can we do to avoid the heart problems that can arise from a high cholesterol count?

  • 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.