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Medication is not the only way to lower cholesterol levels. Dietary changes are also recommended.
Cholesterol is a naturally produced substance by the human body, as it is needed for various key functions. That said, a portion of cholesterol also comes from diet.
Hypercholesterolemia is a condition that affects thousands of Canadians. It is characterized by the elevation of "bad cholesterol" in the blood. It constitutes a significant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cerebrovascular accident (AVC or stroke).
In the case of hypercholesterolemia, it is advisable to consider dietary changes. Weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking are other things to consider to lower cardiovascular risk. These lifestyle changes should always complement the use of medication.
People affected by hypercholesterolemia should reduce their consumption of certain products or avoid them altogether.
Foods high in fat (lipids) increase cholesterol levels, consequently, they contribute to the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It is advisable not only to modify the quantity, but the quality (type) of ingested fat as well. Dietary lipids should represent less than 35% of daily ingested calories.
There are different types of lipids. It is generally recommended to limit the consumption of foods high in saturated fats and trans fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are preferable).
Here is some valuable advice to this effect.
Nowadays, many foods contain too much sugar. An excessive consumption of sugar causes bad cholesterol to rise, especially triglycerides, and good cholesterol to fall. Consuming less sugar also has the advantage of reducing caloric intake, therefore helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Fibre has many health benefits. It is generally divided into two categories: soluble and insoluble fibre. An increased daily consumption of fibre can help reduce the risk of obesity and even promote weight loss. Soluble fibre also helps to normalize blood cholesterol levels.
In general, Canadians consume roughly half of the daily recommended fibre intake, which is 25 g for women and 38 g for men.
Choose the following foods to increase your soluble fibre intake:
A supplement may be considered to ensure a sufficient fibre intake. There are several natural source products available at the pharmacy. Your pharmacist can provide you with information about them.
These nutrients are known for their ability to lower cardiovascular risk by normalizing blood cholesterol levels, among other things. Read this text for additional information on the subject.
In order to make good choices at the grocery store, the restaurant or on special occasions (e.g., holidays or sugaring off time), here is some advice.
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about cholesterol and the ways to control it.
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