Mind your high cholesterol and live well
Did you know:
- One in three Australians over 18 in Australia suffer from high cholesterol.
- Almost half of the population aged 55 to 64 have a high total cholesterol
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Australia.
For those who have unhealthy eating habits, combined with a lack of physical activity, you may be in trouble. This is your first warning about the danger of having high cholesterol.
High levels of cholesterol and fat particles in the blood (cholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia) are the top risk factors of having a stroke. The fatty substance in your bloodstream can clog, narrow and harden your blood vessel. It also increases the chance of having high blood pressure and diabetes. Overtime, these problems also cause chest pain and heart attacks.
If you’re truly concerned about your heart health and quality of life, a low-cholesterol diet starts from a meal, a dessert and a snack. Fort Healthcare professional dietitians are here to help you find the best possible treatment that lowers high cholesterol and improves your heart health.
Do I have high cholesterol/hyperlipidemia?
- I eat a lot of fatty foods and full-diary products
- I don’t exercise regularly
- I smoke/drink a lot
If this sounds like you, it’s time to take a blood test to assess cholesterol level and to see whether you’re at risk of having hyperlipidemia. When your cholesterol level is between 4.0-5.5 mmol/L, consider making some adjustments to your life styles can help lower the number. But if your cholesterol level is higher than 5.5 mmol/L, talk to professional dietitians about effectively managing cholesterol level and lowering your chances of having heart diseases.
When should I take a blood test to assess cholesterol level?
Ask your family GP to assess your risk of having heart diseases. The recommended age for the first screening depends on each individual’s risk factor (smoking, diabetes, family history).
In general, a blood test is recommended every 5 years. The doctor may suggest more frequent testing if the blood test result is not within a certain range.
How to lower your cholesterol
High cholesterol and hyperlipidemia are diet related diseases. Seeking advice from a certified dietitian can effectively prevent the condition to progress further. Weight management also helps to lower the cholesterol but needs to be done the right way, so you lose fat not muscles. People who lose 10% of their body fat will also have reduced cholesterol levels.
Lowering cholesterol starts from addressing your daily dietary habits. With the help of an experienced dietitian, making incremental changes in your diet (portion size, choice of food, routine) will lead to a healthier lifestyle and an improved quality of life.
Fort Healthcare Integrated care program
We’ve launched a new program to combine the treatment of dietetic service and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The program focuses on fat loss and bad cholesterol reduction. It is designed to help mindful people to better manage cholesterol level, and to reduce the risk of developing heart diseases in the future.
Keep your cholesterol level in check
This program is customised to participants with elevated total cholesterol level, elevated triglyceride, elevated LDL, elevated Non-HDL cholesterol, and/or reduced HDL cholesterol. For Healthcare strives to find the best possible health solution for every person.