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How To Be Healthy: In Numbers
What it means: Cholesterol measurements are shown as mmol/L, which is millimoles per litre of blood. Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad stuff that clogs arteries., while high-density lipoprotein (HDL), is the good cholesterol that ousts LDL from the bloodstream. Previously there's been a big focus on LDL cholesterol, but we now know there's more than one important type of bad cholesterol, explains cardiac nurse, Julie Ward of the British Heart Foundation.
Understand the numbers:A blood fat profile may include (ideal score given) : Total cholesterol - less than 5 (or 4if you're at risk of heart disease); HDL - more than 1; non-HDL - 4; LDL - less than 2: triglycerides (how well your body clears fats from the blood stream0 - less than 1.7.
How to cut cholesterol:
1. Shed pounds: Losing just 5-10% of your body weight can increase HDL cholesterol and decrease triglycerides.
2. Quit smoking:Those aged 50 and over who gave up smoking increased good HDL cholesterol by 5%, according to US research.
3. Eat more plant based foods:Plant sterols and stanols, found ingrains, vegetables, fruits, pulses, nuts, seeds, fortified spreads and yogurt, lower LDL cholesterol and can reduce non-HDL cholesterol.
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