Your Lipid Profile & Cholesterol
You may have been directed here after some recent 'cholesterol/lipid' blood results or via information around lower carb diets. It seems that cholesterol, lipids and fats are not straight forward!
If you have your blood results, you can compare them to the guidelines here (to the right on a desktop or below on your mobile). Your Doctor may have calculated your 'QRISK - this algorithm calculates a person's risk of developing a heart attack or stroke over the next 10 years - it is based on a number of risk factors, although the biggest contributor is age.
If your numbers are higher than you would like, or you hope to optimise your cardiovascular health, there are a number of LIFESTYLE FACTORS you might be able to change, which could go a long way to improving your lipid, profile, physical health and also sense of wellbeing:
- Exercise - improving your cardiorespiratory fitness
- Controlling your blood pressure
- Reducing alcohol consumption
Changing our behaviour is not always easy - your GP surgery will be able to signpost you to more support if you would like it - or click on the links through this website for more ideas. If lifestyle modifications are ineffective or inappropriate, there are medications to improve lipid profiles, such as statins.
WHO MIGHT CONSIDER USING A STATIN?
We use the QRISK algorithm to help identify patients who may benefit from a medication called a statin, which aims to lower your LDL cholesterol. You may wish to use the statin patient decision guide to help understand what your QRISK means for you and the pros and cons of the medication. Statins may be discussed with you by your medical team if:
If you would like to know more, hopefully this page will be helpful. However, if it is unclear, your GP team would be more than happy to discuss how this fits in to your own health and wellbeing.
Want to learn more about the science of your lipid profile, why statins might not be the only answer and how a low carb diet may affect your lipid profile? Click on the following button
THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY LIVER!
A healthy pathway of transporting, recycling and disposing of cholesterol and triglycerides to and from the liver is really important. Liver function can be affected by excess body fat (adipose tissue) around the liver and abdominal organs, insulin resistance (such as in diabetes/pre-diabetes), or damage by alcohol and drugs.
This is where your diet and exercise come in!
5. Nordestgaad et al, 2020 Click here
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