Health & fit­ness

Ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist and health ad­vi­sor at Hor­ley’s Spire Gatwick Park Hos­pi­tal (Spire­gatwick.com), Ben Short, of­fers his top health tips – this month, it’s all about your choles­terol...

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“You will no doubt be aware of the dan­gers of high choles­terol lead­ing to car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease but un­til you have had a choles­terol test, you’ll never know if you are at risk. The NHS of­fers free choles­terol tests ev­ery five years for 40 to 74-yearolds. Once you know what your lev­els are, then it’s time to tackle your diet. The bad­dies are sat­u­rated fats found in pro­cessed foods and an­i­mal fat prod­ucts, such as cream, cheese and but­ter so swap but­ter for olive oil, have meat-free days, or switch whole fat prod­ucts for half fat ver­sions. Eat more high-fi­bre foods, such as whole­meal bread and por­ridge oats and in­crease your in­take of foods like olives and olive oil, oily fish and av­o­ca­does, which ac­tively help re­duce choles­terol. Un­til you know what your own per­sonal start­ing point is, you won’t know what changes to make, so take the test this month.”

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