WHAT IS HIGH CHOLESTEROL?
Cholesterol is a type of fat found in the blood. There are two types of cholesterol, Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) and High Density Lipoproteins (HDL). Low Density Lipoproteins is the unhealthy type of cholesterol, as too much of this type can block the arteries. High Density Lipoproteins are the healthy type of cholesterol, as it helps protect the arteries from being blocked and reduces your risk of heart disease. High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia occurs when there is a build up of cholesterol and plaque in the walls of the arteries. If the arteries become completely blocked, a heart attack can occur.
Some risk factors for developing high cholesterol include having a family history of high cholesterol, being overweight or obese, and a high consumption of food high in saturated fats. Poor management of high cholesterol increases your risk of developing heart disease.
High cholesterol is diagnosed by taking a blood test (both HDL and LDL levels) by your doctor.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
Nutritional strategies will be developed to help manage your cholesterol levels. During the assessment, an in depth analysis will be conducted, with a focus on your weight and body measurements, blood test results and diet history. An individualised plan will be developed, taking into account your lifestyle, culture and eating habits to ensure achievable goals.
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