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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Does high cholesterol raise my risk of developing cardiovascular disease?

    I have been diagnosed with high cholesterol after a recent blood test. Is this placing me at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease or is high cholesterol a type of cardiovascular disease?
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Cholesterol does indeed increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Too much cholesterol in the blood (hypercholesterolemia) in particular the ‘bad’ l or LDL cholesterol can clog up your arteries. Cholesterol is found in animal products such as meat, chicken, dairy and butter. Recent research has discovered that cholesterol in foods do not raise blood cholesterol levels as high as a diet high in saturated fat.

    Dietary tips to reduce your cholesterol include choosing foods such as fruits, vegetables and wholegrains which provide fibre that can reduce cholesterol. Swapping saturated fat foods with polyunsaturated fats or omega-3 sources such as salmon, tuna, sardines, fish oil capsules etc can also help to reduce inflammation caused by high blood cholesterol levels.

    Exercise is also important for maintain heart health, its best to consult an exercise physiologist who can tailor a specific program to your needs.

    For more expert advice on how to manage your cholesterol through diet, seek the advice of an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), log onto www.daa.asn.au to find an APD near you.

    I hope this advice has helped, good luck

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    Karel Vine

    Psychologist

    I help people manage mental and emotional health issues, behaviour change, past and present trauma, grief and relationship problems. The techniques I use include Cognitive … View Profile

    Perhaps before you make up your mind, one way or the other, reading alternative views about the role of cholesterol may be interesting. A good place to start could be 'Put Your Heart in Your Mouth' by Dr N Campbell-McBride MD. which focusses on natural treatments for heart disease.

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