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HRCH supports National Cholesterol Month

A One You Hounslow exercise class
One You Hounslow can help you exercise more, eat a healthier diet - and lower cholesterol

Monday 3 October 2016  

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust (HRCH) is supporting HEART UK’s National Cholesterol Month to raise awareness amongst local people about the dangers of high cholesterol.  

As part of the national health campaign, the community NHS trust is encouraging local people to lower their cholesterol and reduce their risk of serious health complications by eating a healthier diet and exercising more.  

Siobhan Gregory, director of quality and clinical excellence said:  

“We want to raise awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol, which increases the risk of suffering from serious health complications such as coronary heart disease.   

“If you know you have high cholesterol, it is particularly important that you maintain a healthy lifestyle - as unhealthy habits such as smoking, high-fat diets, or existing conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure can increase your chances of having heart problems or a stroke.”    

If you have high cholesterol and need to make healthy lifestyle improvements, then our One You Hounslow service can help you. This free service can provide the help you need to make healthy lifestyle changes to reduce your risk from the condition - such as exercising more, eating a healthier diet, or giving up smoking. To sign up for help or find out more, visit www.oneyouhounslow.org.uk.” 

Local NHS health improvement services 

HRCH provides a range of community health services which help local people to live healthier lives.   The trust’s One You Hounslow service provides free support for Hounslow residents to make lifestyle improvements such as giving up smoking, eating more healthily, losing weight or exercising more.   Whilst the Nutrition and Dietetics service provides nutritional advice to patients and carers for the dietary management and treatment of disease.  

Find out about the trust’s range of health improvement services at www.hrch.nhs.uk/our-services  

About high cholesterol 

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that clogs the arteries and cause them to narrow. This forces the heart to work extra hard.Evidence strongly indicates that high cholesterol can increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and narrowing of the arteries.  

High cholesterol is often called "the silent killer" because for most people there are no obvious signs and symptoms to look out for.  GPs may recommend that you have your blood cholesterol levels tested if you have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease, have a family history of cardiovascular disease, are overweight, or if you have high blood pressure or diabetes.  

The first step in reducing your cholesterol is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. It is important to keep your diet low in fatty food and to eat more fruit and vegetables. Other lifestyle changes, such as taking regular exercise and giving up smoking (if you smoke), can also make a big difference in helping to lower your cholesterol.

Smart swaps: Reducing your saturated fat intake

Free fruit was available for attendees at the event

You can reduce your total intake of saturated fat by making some smart swaps:

  • Replace butter, ghee, hard margarine, lard, goose fat in cooking with modest amounts of vegetable oils and vegetable spreads
  • Replace fatty meat, sausages, burgers and other meat products with modest portions of lean meat, chicken without skin and all kinds of fish - white and oily
  • Replace pastries, chocolate, cakes and biscuits with nuts, dried and fresh fruit, hummus
  • Replace full cream milk and yoghurts with low fat
  • Replace cream soups and sauces with vegetable soups and tomato based sauces
  • Instead of frying, try grilling, braising, boiling, poaching or casseroles