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Tests & investigations
October 8, 2018

Prevent illness with these top health tests

Blood testing can help catch potential health risks early, before they progress to serious health problems. Blood tests are recommended on an annual basis for people over the age of 40. Keep an eye on your overall health with these tests. Thyroid function Your thyroid regulates how your body uses energy. It influences the way your respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems function. It also influences brain function, cholesterol levels, menstruation, body temperature, muscle tone and strength, and skin conditions. When your thyroid function is too high or too low, you could have serious health complications. Tests for... A thyroid-stimulating hormone…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
October 27, 2017

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fatty substance produced naturally by your liver and is used for many different things in your body. Cholesterol is one of the most important contributing risk factors leading to the development of heart disease and stroke. Others include age, gender and genes. What is cholesterol, exactly? Have you heard your doctor talking about LDL and HDL cholesterol? LDL (Low density lipoprotein) is known as the ‘bad’ cholesterol because it contributes to heart disease by ‘sticking’ to and narrowing the arteries supplying blood to your heart. HDL (High density lipoprotein) cholesterol is known as the ‘good’ cholesterol because…
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Cholesterol
September 28, 2017

Is cholesterol really that bad?

How can something that is essential for brain function be bad for you? This­ is exactly the reputation that cholesterol has earned through the years. And yet, “Cholesterol is necessary to build and maintain cell membranes,” explains Dr David Perlmutter, in the book Brain Maker. “In fact, it’s vital for brain neuron function.” How publicity made the good guy look bad A few years ago, based on conflicting medical opinions, people ditched bacon and eggs for muesli, dumped butter for margarine and ran screaming at the mention of cholesterol. It was pinpointed as the main cause of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
September 28, 2017

How dangerous are statins?

Statins have a great track record for helping those with heart diseases and high cholesterol levels. They help decrease the death rate in people with a history of heart disease and high cholesterol by as much as 20% and doctors are looking to use statins even more widely for other conditions. How do statins work? Statins are a group of enzymes also known as “HMG CoA reductase inhibitors” which block the production of cholesterol by standing directly in the metabolic path responsible for forming cholesterol. The purpose of statins is to raise the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL = high…
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Food & nutrition
March 21, 2017

The Easter eggs you should be eating

Boiled, poached or scrambled, eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods in your kitchen. Both the white and yolk are good sources of inexpensive, high-quality protein, needed to build and maintain your muscles, organs, skin and tissue, antibodies, enzymes and hormones. In fact, eggs are thought of as a “complete” source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids. What’s more, eggs are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. They provide a little bit of almost every nutrient we need, including Vitamins A, B5, B12, D and E, and minerals like choline, iodine, iron, phosphorus…
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Cholesterol
December 7, 2016

The lowdown on cholesterol

You choose a delicious sandwich spread from the shelf in the supermarket and you put it down immediately because you see those scary words - cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is what gives cholesterol such a bad rep and it is the cholesterol that your doctor warns you about. It contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can your clog arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result. (more…)
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CholesterolFood & nutrition
January 9, 2015

5 Top cholesterol-lowering foods

Cholesterol is a steroid fat found in your blood, but not many people know that you need it for the proper functioning of your cell membranes. Luckily, your body makes all the cholesterol you need – the problem is often a diet that gives us too much, and high levels of cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. (more…)
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CholesterolHeart & Blood Vessels
November 19, 2014

Cholesterol – a major risk of heart disease

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. However, you can successfully lower bad cholesterol levels by making certain diet and lifestyle changes. Remember, the body only requires a small amount of cholesterol to function in top form, and when too much cholesterol is present in the diet, health conditions such as heart disease can develop. Plaque (a thick, hard deposit) forms in the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through properly. Over time, this build-up of plaque causes hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart disease. (more…)
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Cholesterol
June 22, 2014

Could you have high cholesterol? Take our quiz!

If you have a raised blood cholesterol level, you might not even know it. Often, symptoms only appear when the damage has already been done. Do you know if you’re at risk? Take our quiz to find out! (more…)
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