Look Out For These 3 Major Causes
How many of us have actually stopped to think about what we eat and the effects it has on our Cholesterol? Not many, I’m sure, but we all need to think about it, especially in these days of fast food and take-aways that are packed with saturated fats.
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None of us want to be worrying every time we fancy a curry and a pint, or fish and chips just because we can’t be bothered (or don’t have time) to cook sometimes. However, it doesn’t hurt to be aware that these types of fast foods do have a negative effect on our bodies.
Cholesterol can cause major problems, especially in later life (and I know what you’re thinking – I’ll worry about that when I get older). By taking a bit of time to understand the causes of high cholesterol now, you may be able to avoid suffering later as well as keeping many other ailments at bay.
What You Eat
The main cause of high cholesterol is too much saturated fat in the food we eat. Red meat and diary products are packed with saturated fats, as are many of the lovely comfort foods we all like to curl up with in front of the television.
This doesn’t mean that you have to give up all the foods you enjoy and make yourself miserable. You will never stick to a sensible eating plan if you do that, so all you need to do is eat these particular groups of foods in moderation.
A small amount of chocolate at the weekend really will become a treat (especially if you have been really good during the week); a favourite biscuit with a nice cup of tea won’t do you any harm at all once in a while. The secret is to think of them as treats and not as an everyday occurrence (and believe me, they will taste so good when you enjoy them as an occasional treat as well).
Being overweight is one of the main causes of high Cholesterol. We all know ourselves if we need to lose weight or not, but once again, don’t get obsessed about it. Just taking the stairs instead of the lift or parking further away from the shops are such easy ways to get just a bit more exercise without costing anything or spending hours in the gym. Mind you, if you were spending hours in the gym, I’m sure you wouldn’t be reading this in the first place.
No need to buy an exercise CD that you try once and then never get it out again; find something you like to do and just keep moving. That way, you are more likely to keep it up AND enjoy it. There is something for everyone to enjoy whether it be gardening, walking, swimming or even housework; every little bit of exercise helps to keep you trim.
None of us can change the genes we are born with, so it’s worth taking a look at your family history, your parents and your siblings to see if you may be prone to high Cholesterol. Generally speaking, if any of your family has suffered from it, it’s certainly worth looking at your lifestyle and making a few changes now.
There are no obvious symptoms of high Cholesterol so if you are at all worried, make an appointment to see your GP and get it checked out. It’s much better to know and get it sorted than ignoring it and perhaps suffering later. You never know, you may even find a new hobby that you had never even thought of before.
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