Healthy Tip: October is Cholesterol Month
October is all about raising awareness of high cholesterol. Let’s get down to the fats of the matter.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance made by the liver and plays an important role in the body. Too much of the wrong type of cholesterol (LDL) leads to a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. A good amount of HDL can help by moving excess cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver.
You can significantly improve your cholesterol balance and add years to your life by eating better, moving more and going smoke free. Follow our healthy tips to help you on your way:
Rally up Support
Did you know that smoking lowers the amount of good cholesterol within your body and can increase your chances of heart disease? Research has shown that your risk of heart disease could halve after one year of quitting so what better reason to join thousands of others in the UK and stop smoking this October.
Keep it unsaturated
Eating too much saturated fat can increase the amount of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol within the blood and lead to poor heart health. Kick the pizza, chocolate and burgers to the curb- these are high in saturated fat. Instead go for olive oil, avocado, natural peanut butter and almonds- these are great sources of unsaturated fat and good for a healthy heart.
Being active not only helps with your waistline, it also helps create a healthier ratio of HDL and LDL cholesterol in your blood. Just 30 minutes each day of moderate activity such brisk walking can reduce cholesterol levels. Take the dog for a walk, get involved in a class or go for a weekend cycle.
Know your labels
Be aware of hidden saturated fat in foods. When food shopping look out for the traffic light system on food labels. If it’s red for saturated fat, look for healthier alternatives by going for green. Take a look at our guide to food labelling to learn more about the traffic light system.
Use this month to make a small change. Increase those HDL levels and cut your LDL’s.
Heart Research UK can come out to your workplace and check your cholesterol. For more information call the Healthy Heart team on 0113 234 7474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org