We all have cholesterol in our blood

We all need cholesterol in our blood. Why then all the fuss when someone is diagnosed with “high cholesterol”? To gain a better understanding, it is important to know what cholesterol is. Cholesterol is a specific type of fat. The “condition” of “having cholesterol” refers to a range of blood fat abnormalities or imbalances that may […]

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Important food changes to treat high blood cholesterol

Effective treatment of high blood cholesterol should focus not only on cholesterol levels – but also the prevention of heart disease. Dietary treatment should take into account the following major factors that will impact on the risk of an individual to develop heart disease cholesterol: Fat content of the diet and type of fat with […]

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Total cholesterol – should you act on this marker only?

It’s common knowledge that blood cholesterol can contribute to development of heart disease. However,  in recent years the validity of a single blood cholesterol value to determine heart disease risk – total cholesterol – has come under the spotlight. Before acting on this single biomarker to start a treatment regime (i.e. medication or dietary changes) […]

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Fat in FOOD – too little is as bad as too much….

Fat can be found on its own (oils and butter) as well as hidden within foods (meat, nuts and manufactured products). Different foods contribute not only specific amounts of fat, but also specific types of fat. No single food will contain only one specific type of fat. For optimum health, cholesterol control, diabetes etc. it […]

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Blood glucose levels plays a role in heart disease and high cholesterol

High blood glucose levels contribute to the development of heart disease. The way in which high blood glucose levels (as a result of diet and in particular high sugar foods) may affect the risk of developing heart disease are two-fold: On the one hand, high blood glucose levels may directly contribute to damage to blood […]

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Do you have to take cholesterol lowering medication?

Dietary adjustments should always be part of the treatment of high cholesterol – medication may NOT be necessarily be the ideal treatment for the all people with elevated cholesterol levels. Before advising someone to take medication, a skilled clinician (doctor or dietician) will take into account all the factors associated with heart disease. He/ she […]

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What are the bad things about cholesterol?

Cholesterol is just one of the fats that could be involved in the “clogging” of blood vessels. Cholesterol contributes to the formation of fatty plaques that “attach” themselves to the smooth inner lining of blood vessels. Continuous attachment of fat to the smooth inner lining of the blood vessels may lead to a reduction in […]

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Is a low fat diet enough to treat high cholesterol?

A low fat diet may help some people to reduce cholesterol in the blood, but it can not be seen as the optimum treatment for the risk associated with imbalance in blood cholesterol levels. An optimum diet for high cholesterol will vary, depending on the individual’s genetic make-up, metabolic capacity and co-morbid conditions including e.g. […]

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Having too much coffee?

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When you enjoy a cup of coffee – think both quality and quantity – it could affect your heart and even the strength of your bones. Research has shown that caffeine might contribute to development of heart disease if taken in large dosages. More than 5 cups of coffee a day is not recommended. It […]

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We all have cholesterol in our blood

We all need cholesterol in our blood. Why then all the fuss when someone is diagnosed with “high cholesterol”? To gain a better understanding, it is important to know what cholesterol is. Cholesterol is a specific type of fat. The “condition” of “having cholesterol” refers to a range of blood fat abnormalities or imbalances that may […]

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