Best ways to battle cholesterol
(NC)—High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood, often called bad cholesterol, can promote the build-up of plaque on artery walls. High cholesterol can narrow your arteries, which can make it harder for blood to flow through your heart and body and put you at increased risk of circulatory problems, heart disease and stroke. By lowering your cholesterol, you can dramatically reduce these risks.
“High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” says Dr. Jacques Genest, Heart and Stroke Foundation spokesperson. “Managing your cholesterol can often be done by incorporating simple lifestyle changes.”
Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 10.2 grams of psyllium fibre per day — as found in Metamucil powder and capsules plus calcium — have been proven to have cholesterol-lowering benefits. More information is available from your family physician or online at www.loweryourcholesterol.ca.