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Getting Serious About Your Cholesterol in 2019!

06 Jun

Getting Serious About Your Cholesterol in 2019!


Getting Serious About Your Cholesterol in 2019!

One in ten Indians aged 18-34 years has high cholesterol. Having high cholesterol is a strong risk factor for both coronary heart disease and stroke.

High cholesterol is frequently related to hyperlipidemia or dyslipidemia. Cholesterol is a soft, smooth fat that is made by the body. Over time it can store itself and set in the walls of the arteries, which may point to a partial or complete blockage that could end up becoming fatal creating a heart attack or stroke.

One of the main reasons for high cholesterol in our diet. A food high in saturated fats, i.e. fats from animal foods can increase the bad cholesterol (LDL). in our bodies however, some high cholesterol can also be received.

‘cholesterol build-up is a progressive disease process because even as teenagers and young adults, there is evidence of the build-up of cholesterol’. The doctor stressed in a recent podcast interview (Cholesterol)cholesterol in 2019. the importance of being physically active, eating and sleeping well in order to best manage your cholesterol.

These aspects of our lifestyle are essential to having healthy arteries and a healthy heart. Sadly the pressures of modern living in a Western world is proving to cause an unhealthy lifestyle. choices and we are all living such sedentary lives, eating high sugar, dense foods that are readily available and eating too often, sleeping less, stressing more is all increasing our cholesterol levels and our risk of heart disease.

How often do you hear people say, ‘I am too busy to prepare a meal, I’m too busy to sleep 7-8 hours? I am too busy to go for a walk or go to the gym. I finish work too late from or work too early in the morning to have time to exercise’. Sound familiar?

In fact, an Amazonian tribe has actually proven to have the healthiest arteries in the world – Why you ask?

The Tsimane tribe research highlighted that there low fat diet, daily physical activity and the fact they do not smoke contributed to lower rates of heart disease and blood pressure adding years to their life assisting them to live longer and healthier lives.

Amazingly, there was one 80 years old in the study that in fact had arteries equivalent to that of a 50-year-old Indian.

Therefore, the key difference in artery health was not based upon someone’s age but, due to the difference in lifestyle.

Statins have proven time and time again they are effective in lowering cholesterol and our risk of heart disease and stroke, however; a pill alone does not reduce the risk by itself.
We all have to address our diet, our physical activity and our sleep to be able to achieve the goal of living a long and healthy life in an aging population obsessed by achieving more work and done as quickly as possible.
Finding time to look after ourselves and make healthier lifestyle choices as we know in our hearts is the best way forward!