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June 08, 2021
We have all heard that cholesterol affects our body, but we can all agree that the more information available the more confusing the topic can get.
Simple, but concise information and a bit of guidance is all we ever need when dealing with our health.
In this blog post we will help you understand cholesterol a bit better and how you can continue to improve your health each and every day.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body requires to build cells and manufacture vitamins and other hormones. Your liver actually makes all the cholesterol you need, but you can also get in through the foods you’re eating such as meat, full-fat dairy and poultry. These foods, along with many others such as coconut oil contain your dietary cholesterol but are also very high in saturated fats which triggers your body into producing even more! Uh-oh
Cholesterol is carried through the circulatory system on two lipoproteins: high-density lipoproteins (HDL), often referred to as “good” cholesterol, and low-density lipoproteins (LDL), also called “bad” cholesterol.
Anyone can get their cholesterol checked, but it is particularly important for high-risk groups as mentioned above to speak to their doctor if they have concerns.
There are also several tests that you can get done:
Men should consume no more than 30g of saturated fat a day and women no more than 20g of saturated fat per day.
The Leahys Pharmacy team is here to help you in any way that we can. If you have any questions on this topic or would like to discuss this with a member of our expert pharmacist team drop in to one of our pharmacies today!
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