Looking after yourself, including your cholesterol level and
heart health, is particularly important as we age. There are a
number of things that can impact your heart health other than your
cholesterol. Being overweight can put a strain on your heart and
your overall health. To maintain a healthy heart, you should also
be careful to:
- Monitor blood pressure
- Avoid prolonged stress
- Do not smoke.
- Be physically active - get some regular exercise
A healthy lifestyle and balanced diet are important for a long
and healthy life.
The Heart Foundation has some specific tips on healthy eating
and drinking including1;
- Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and grain based foods such as
wholegrain or wholemeal bread, pasta, rice, noodles and
- Select lean meats, skinless poultry, fish and choose reduced or
low fat dairy products. Choose polyunsaturated or monounsaturated
oils and fats.
- Also include nuts, seeds and legumes (dried peas, dried beans
Following these tips can help your diet be low in saturated fat
and higher in the 'good fats' such as polyunsaturated and
monounsaturated fats which can help you maintain healthy blood
Some recent research reports have highlighted the beneficial
role of dairy foods for a healthy heart - for more information
visit Dairy Australia www.dairyaustralia.com.au and have a look at
their Heart Health section and Cardiovascular Health Fact Sheet.
Dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese are an important
source of essential nutrients, including protein and calcium. It is
recommended to choose low or reduced fat dairy products, and to aim
for three serves every day 2.
Along with the diet for lowering cholesterol try a simple
change; swap your regular milk for HeartActive® to
get the cholesterol lowering benefits of plant sterols. Browse our
collection of delicious HeartActive®
recipe ideas today.
For some tips on how to help lower cholesterol and support heart
health see if you can do our 10 step