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Basildon & District Heart Support Group
A self-help group that helps patients and carers face the future
Affiliated to the British Heart Foundation
High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a waxy substance which is made in the body. The liver makes it from the saturated
fats in food. Too much cholesterol in the blood can increase your risk of getting Coronary Heart
Disease. The most common cause of high cholesterol is eating too much fat. lt can also occur
due to an inherited condition called familial hyperlipidaemia.

If your cholesterol is found to be high there are various things that can help lower it.
These include:
Eating a healthy diet, which can reduce cholesterol by over 10%.
Physical activity can also help and will help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your chance of getting diabetes

There are also cholesterol lowering medications known as Statins, that may be prescribed by your GP.

More information on High Cholesterol can be obtained from the BHF website
Click on this link

https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/risk-factors/high-cholesterol
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