Want to know what bad cholesterol causes and how you can reduce it? Read on.
Cholesterol is made by our liver and can be found in a number of foods.
Very simply, there are 2 types of cholesterol, in the simplest of terms, good and bad.
- GOOD – High density lipoprotein (HDL) can pick up the cholesterol in blood and give us protection.
HDL cholesterol has have a vital role to play in the body’s cells such as being needed to create Vitamin D.
- BAD – Low density lipoprotein (LDL) can release cholesterol into the blood causing a higher risk of disease.
Too much LDL cholesterol in the blood can increase the risk of circulatory problems and heart disease.
Do some people just have high cholesterol?
Yes, it can be in your genes, so you have to be more careful. It also depends on your gender, age and ethnicity.
How can I improve my LDL count?
- Manage your diet & lifestyle
- Manage your weight
What foods should be avoided?
- Fatty meats and meat products
- Full fat cheese, milk, cream and yogurt
What else can I do? Eat soya foods, nuts, oats & barley, fortified foods with plant sterols & stanols, fruit, vegetables and unsaturated fats.