Heart disease is the number one killer in Australia. It is mainly caused by clogging up of the arteries by a fatty substance known as atheroma, which comes from having too much ‘fat’ in the blood. This serious process is called atherosclerosis- the condition that can lead to heart attack or stroke. There are two types of fat that cause damage if there levels are too high- cholesterol and triglyceride. A special blood text taken after fasting for at least 12 hours can tell if one or both of these fats are too high.
Some golden rules to lower your cholesterol are:
Keep to your ideal weight
Take a high fibre diet
Eat fish at least twice a week
Beware of fast foods
Avoid deep fried foods
Take regular exercise
Avoid fat on meat
Avoid snacking on junk between main meals
Drink more water
Do no smoke
Limit alcohol intake
Limit cheese and ice cream intake
Keep your body healthy, inside and out!