Could it have an impact on my health?
Why should I be aware of my cholesterol level?
I can see you thinking how does this link to Fibromyalgia?
Or even, why should I be interested; I’m not changing what I eat. I don’t want to eat a boring diet for the rest of my life. Living with pain I need some treats.
Well, maybe that isn’t necessarily what you would have to do.
What could happen if I ignore it and just carry on eating what I like anyway?
“I was shocked when we found that my carer has high cholesterol. Looks can be deceptive as this news reveals.
I thought they were super healthy, not visibly overweight; they exercise and visit the gym regularly.
Perhaps more surprising, they rarely go out to restaurants or visit fast food outlets. Preferring to eat a modest meal at home.”
What is cholesterol?
It’s a fatty substance in the blood, produced by certain foods which can cause arteries to be blocked.
Why is high cholesterol a serious health concern?
If you have high cholesterol levels, your chances of suffering a heart attack or cardiovascular disease are much greater.
What can be done to lower it?
Changing your diet to a healthy balanced one, stopping smoking and regularly getting exercise.
My carer went for a free NHS Health Check which is available to UK citizens between 40 – 74.
It checks if you would be likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, type 2 diabetes or a stroke.
Imagine how you would feel if someone you cared about was diagnosed with high cholesterol.
If you think your cholesterol could be high, your doctor or health professional can arrange a blood test to check these levels.
They will be able to discuss a plan to help you lower it, if it is high.
Since my carer’s diagnosis; they have made changes to the diet they eat. This has helped a lot to not only reduce cholesterol to a healthy level and also lose weight.