What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is an essential type of fat that is carried in the blood. There are several types of cholesterol found in your body: Low density lipoprotein (LDL) is also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol because it can add to the build-up of plaque in your arteries and increase your risk of coronary heart … Continue reading Reducing cholesterol and living healthily
While diet and lifestyle are very important factors in keeping your cholesterol levels down, for some people, it is not lifestyle, but genetics that cause their elevated cholesterol levels. Chemical Pathologist and Endocrinologist Dr Damon Bell from St John of God Pathology says familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is an inherited condition that affects about 1 in … Continue reading Is high cholesterol in your family?
Clinical Dietitian Chris Fonda from St John of God Murdoch Hospital says the latest evidence suggests that cholesterol in foods has minimal to no effect on blood cholesterol levels in healthy people. “The focus should be on replacing saturated and trans fats that raise the LDL (bad) cholesterol with unsaturated fats,” Mr Fonda says. This … Continue reading What is a low cholesterol diet?