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.”