Keep your cholesterol levels in check with a good diet

High cholesterol levels in the blood can ultimately lead to various health complications, such as heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.

It can lead to blockages that can be threatening if left untreated.

High cholesterol levels may lead to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries. This can cause the arteries to become narrow, which can reduce blood flow. 

High cholesterol levels can also increase the risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks or strokes.


Risk factors for high cholesterol levels include foods that are high in saturated and trans fats, a lack of physical activity, obesity, smoking, and certain medical conditions. 

In some cases, high cholesterol may also be genetic and run in families.


However, there are preventive measures that can be taken to lower the risks of health complications.

Healthy lifestyle habits are recommended, such as:

  • Eating a healthy diet that is low in saturated and trans fats
  • Increasing physical activity, losing weight if necessary
  • Avoiding smoking
  • Managing any underlying medical conditions

Eating healthy to lower cholesterol:

  • Choose foods that are low in saturated and trans fats, as these can raise cholesterol levels, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and plant-based fats  like nuts and seeds.
  • Increase your intake of soluble fibre, found in foods like oats, beans, and fruits. This type of fibre can help lower LDL cholesterol, which is harmful.
  • Limit your intake of processed and fried foods, which can contribute to high cholesterol levels.
  • Consider foods that contain healthy fats such as salmon and avocados. These can help improve cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation.
  • Cholesterol-lowering foods include soy products and nuts


Consulting with your healthcare professional or a registered dietitian for a personalised plan is recommended.