If you are concerned about your heart health, particularly as
you get older, it is a good idea to get a cholesterol test
regularly. Based on the results of this test, you can then
receive advice and information on how to reduce your
Ask your GP - they will help you organise the simple
cholesterol test and check your results.
50% of Australians over the age of 25 needs to better manage
their cholesterol1. The good news is
that making simple changes to diet and lifestyle can help lower
your cholesterol. Including plant sterol enriched food like
HeartActive® can be beneficial to your overall
cholesterol management and heart health.
Some simple tips are:
Eat a balanced diet
Enjoy a variety of food every day. Plan your meals around heart
healthy choices including vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and meat
and dairy products low in saturated fat.
Include plant sterols in your diet
Small amounts of plant sterols are naturally found in a wide
variety of vegetable oils, fruits, and vegetables, and are an
effective addition to a cholesterol-lowering diet and
The Australian Heart Foundation suggests that eating 2 grams of
plant sterols a day to lower cholesterol.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of activity most days of the
- At the beginning start gently and build up slowly.
- Increase your incidental activity. For example take the stairs
instead of the elevator, park your car further away in a parking
lot, get off the tram or bus a couple of stops early and walk the
rest of the way. There are many opportunities during the day to
increase your activity without having to change your lifestyle
- Choose an exercise that suits you and that you enjoy and why
don't you ask a friend to join you? For example walking the
dog, cycling, gardening, dancing, golf, tennis etc.
Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle is still important,
whether you need to use cholesterol lowering medication or not.
Plant sterols work in addition to most cholesterol-lowering
medication2, 3 used to lower
You should always follow your GP's advice, particularly when
looking after your heart health and cholesterol levels. You may
also wish to seek the advice of an Accredited Practising Dietitian
to help you maintain a heart healthy diet. The Dietitian's
Association website may help: www.daa.asn.au