If you are heading to the best value private doctor Hertfordshire has to offer, consider asking to get your blood cholesterol checked.
You may have seen the recent Flora adverts showing how people made lifestyle changes following a cholesterol test that revealed they have high levels of bad cholesterol.
LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)-cholesterol, is often called bad cholesterol, since it contains a relatively high amount of cholesterol that builds up in the arterial walls. HDL (High Density Lipoprotein)-cholesterol removes this cholesterol from the arteries which is why it is called good cholesterol.
A blood test will show you how much cholesterol you have in your blood and also the proportions of HDL and LDL in your blood. Your doctor can explain what the ideal ratio and levels are for you, but you can also look at the UK averages to get an idea of where you stand.
If you find that you do have higher than desirable cholesterol then there a number of things you can do about it.
Diet is an important contributor to cholesterol, but it isn’t as simple as previously thought. Dietary cholesterol does contribute to overall cholesterol levels, but not as much as previously thought. Rather, it is important to eat saturated and unsaturated fats in the correct proportions and avoid transfats. It is also helpful to eat large amounts of vegetables.
Exercise is important and regular moderate exercise contributes to reducing cholesterol, as do healthy sleep habits and reducing stress.
Statins are also a possible treatment for cholesterol, but need to be discussed with your doctor regarding suitability.