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Support for High Cholesterol

Health conditions can be a minefield to navigate.

Odhealth gives you the support to understand High Cholesterol and work with your own personal nutritionist.

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Support for High Cholesterol

What is High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance essential for body function created by the liver, found in food, and is transported with proteins in lipoprotein compounds. There are two type: bad: LDL-cholesterol and good: HDL-cholesterol. When total cholesterol and LDL levels are high, it can negatively impact your health.

Unlike type 1, which is due to an autoimmune process, type 2 has irreversible factors that play a considerable role, such as genes, race, ethnicity, age, or reversible ones such as smoking, physical activity, and diet.

How can my diet affect High Cholesterol?

To decrease cholesterol levels, a diet low in saturated fat is recommended. Since consuming cholesterol has little impact on the level of cholesterol in the blood, before drastically altering your diet, you should always contact your doctor first. Having high levels of cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Heart disease can be due to the build-up of fatty deposits in arteries, also known as plaques. This leads to the restriction of blood flow to the heart and other essential organs, leading to a heart attack.

How can a nutritionist help with High Cholesterol?

1. Diet

Nutritionists plan a diet suitable for your health conditions. They encourage you to eat a healthy, low cholesterol diet which would help you lose weight, lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of heart disease or the probability to experience a heart attack or stroke, and in turn, improve your quality of life.

2. Lifestyle

Nutrition professionals can push you onto a new set of habits to help you get healthier. Regular exercise might be recommended since it can help lower your cholesterol levels regardless of a weight change. Around 170 minutes of moderate exercise every week, enough to break a sweat and raise heart rate, has improved cholesterol. You can kickstart your exercise journey by walking for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.

Another recommendation would be to stop bad habits like skipping meals, smoking, eating junk food, eating preserved foods, and being sedentary most of the day.

3. Condition management

Research has shown that diet is an essential factor in controlling high cholesterol and avoiding heart disease. Simply, a qualified nutritionist knows what one should and should not eat. Expert guidance will be given without the confusion of conflicting opinions and theories or commercial fad diets.

4. Progress reporting

Everybody’s relationship and reaction to food are different. A nutritionist can tailor a plan to one’s personal needs, requirements, and preferences. Constant check-ups, blood tests, and evaluations of the patient’s condition from the doctor and nutritionist are needed to ensure the plan is adequate for one’s condition.

Nutritional Considerations for High Cholesterol

Reducing high saturated fat and trans-fat intake and replacing them with unsaturated fat help lower cholesterol like oily fish, vegetable oil, nuts, and seeds. For more information about what are each and portions will be specified by your nutritionist.

Preparing your food from fresh ingredients can help lower the total amount of fat consumed. This can also help increase our fibre intake, which reduces the amount of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Specifically, soluble fibre can reduce total and LDL cholesterol.

Author: Celine Tabche

ANtr – MSc Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition at UCL. PhD Candidate Public Health at Imperial College London. Student Member of the Royal Society for Public Health.

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How it
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1. Real expertise

The latest science and evidence-based support from a registered nutritionist.

2. One-on-one coaching

Fortnightly consultations and personalised action plans.

3. Proper results

Develop the knowledge and habits you need to change your health forever.

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…giving you access to the country’s best nutritionists anywhere, anytime.

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Celine Tabsh

MSc, RNutr

Phoebe McDermott​

BSc, ANutr

Séanín Smith

MSc, ANutr

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What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows here stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

Sustainability

and it's good for the planet too!

10% of profits go to funding reforestation projects through our partners Plant Your Future.

Talk to your nutritionist about making more sustainable choices.

What people say

“Such an incredible and useful session – Phoebe really knows her stuff.”

“Seanin was lovely, professional and really helpful. Loved my session with her”

“Alice made the session enjoyable and informative, she is very knowledgable and able to provide clear guidance”

“Honestly life changing! I can’t believe the difference in how I feel”

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