Monitoring and keeping cholesterol levels within the normal range can decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke and blood vessel disease.
Whether you are overweight or within your healthy weight range, we can help you reduce your bad cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. If you are overweight we strongly advise that weight loss become a key focus for you, as studies have shown that weight loss will improve your cholesterol level.
Our strategy includes a thorough dietary assessment and modification of your total cholesterol, total and saturated fat, essential fats, salt and fibre intake, followed by the formulation of a customised eating plan for you. In addition to reducing the foods that may increase your cholesterol, we strongly focus on increasing foods and key nutrients that will help increase your good cholesterol and manage your weight if required.
Knowing your cholesterol number is a good first step in reducing risk.
These include total cholesterol, HDL (high density lipoprotein or good cholesterol), LDL (low density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and triglyceride level. If your levels are abnormal then you are at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Diet and exercise are the first line treatment strategies to help you reduce your cholesterol. Depending on your results, your GP may then decide to prescribe cholesterol-lowering medications and may do so in combination with your new diet and exercise regime.