“You are what you eat”

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Make of this what you will. For me, this phrase sums up a lot.

Does it really matter what I eat? Or could I phrase that differently?  

Do you know how much Cholesterol is in your body?  

I can see you thinking how does this link to Fibromyalgia? Or even, why should I be interested; I’m not changing what I eat. I don’t want to eat a boring diet for the rest of my life. Living with pain I need some treats.

Well, maybe that isn’t necessarily what you would have to do. What could happen if I ignore it and just carry on eating what I like anyway?

I was shocked to find out this week that my carer has high cholesterol. Looks can be deceptive as this news reveals. I thought they were super healthy, not visibly overweight; they exercise and visit the gym regularly.  Perhaps more surprising, they rarely go out to restaurants or visit fast food outlets. Preferring to eat a modest meal at home.

What is cholesterol? It’s a fatty substance in the blood, produced by certain foods which can cause arteries to be blocked.

Why is high cholesterol a serious health concern?  If you have high cholesterol levels, your chances of suffering a heart attack or cardiovascular disease are much greater.

What can be done to lower it?  Changing your diet to a healthy balanced one, stopping smoking and regularly getting exercise.

My carer went for a free NHS Health Check which is available to UK citizens between 40 – 74.  It checks if you would be likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, type 2 diabetes or a stroke.

Imagine if it was your carer, what would your reaction be?

If you think your cholesterol could be high, your doctor or health professional can arrange a blood test to check these levels. They will be able to discuss a plan to help you lower it, if it is high.

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