Cholesterol: How to Lower Cholesterol?

Why bother?

Heart disease is the number one killer in most countries. It is mainly caused by clogging up of the arteries by a fatty substance known as atheroma, which comes from having too much ‘fat’ in the blood. This serious process is called atherosclerosis- the condition that can lead to heart attack or stroke. There are 2 types of fat that cause damage if their levels are too high- cholesterol and triglyceride. A special blood test is taken after fasting for at least 12 hours can tell if one or both of these fats are too high.

Triglyceride

If your triglyceride level is too high, fixing the problem is quite straightforward because it is mainly due to being overweight. It is caused by having too many calories in the diet, especially from sugar and other carbohydrates and high-calorie drinks (e.g. soft drinks and alcohol, in particular beer). The aim is to get your weight down to an ideal level.

Cholesterol

Most people can lower the level through changing their diet. It has been shown that it is necessary to lose excess weight in order to get our cholesterol down. Foods rich in carbohydrates eg starchy foods (such as bread, rice and pasta) should be avoided.

GOLDEN RULES

·       Keep to your ideal weight

·       Take a high fibre diet eg green leafy vegetables

·       Eat fish at least twice a week

·       Beware of fast foods

·       Avoid deep fried foods

·       Take regular exercise

·       Avoid biscuits in between meals

·       Drink more water

·       Do not smoke

It is imperative to reduce your intake of carbohydrates, and avoid all foods with a High Glycemic Index, which leads to elevated blood glucose after meals, prompting the increase of Insulin, a hormone that manages the level of blood glucose in the blood. Insulin removes glucose from the blood by turning the excess blood glucose into fats in your body, especially visceral fat around your organs and tummy.

THE LOW CHOLESTEROL DIET                                                                                              

                           FOODS TO AVOID                                  SUITABLE FOODS

Wheat               All Wheat & Gluten containing foods                        

Eggs                                                                                   Whole eggs, egg yolks, Egg whites

Milk                  Whole milk and its products-              Low- fat milk, skim milk & its products-

                             ice-cream, cream                                  cottage & ricotta cheese, buttermilk,

                             yoghurt, condensed milk                     non-fat yoghurt, butter, cheese

Organ meats      Brains, liver, liverwurst. kidney,                                   -

                            sweetbread

Seafood             Prawns, squid (calamari), fish roe,         Fresh wild fish, scallops,oysters,

                           canned fish in oil (e.g. sardines)             canned fish in water, small

                                                                                                amounts of lobster & crab

Meat                  Fatty meats- bacon, ham,                        Rabbit, veal (without fat), lean cuts

                          sausages, salami, canned meats,            of grass-fed beef, lamb & pork 

                         mince hamburger                                                             

Poultry                                                                                 Chicken, turkey, duck, goose,

                                                                                              preferable free range

Bakery food    Pies, pastries, cakes, doughnuts,            Homemade items if proper gluten-

                         biscuits, bread                                         free ingredients used

Fast food        Fried chicken, chips, fish                                 -

                         dim sums, hot dogs, pizzas

Nuts  Peanuts                  Cashews, macadamia nuts,                                                                                            Pecan nuts, hazelnuts, coconut, walnuts                                                                         

Fruit and        Sweet fruits eg Mango, Bananas,      All other fruits in moderate quantities

Vegetables    Pineapples                                    Green leafy vegetables are important                                                  

Miscellaneous   Gravies, potato chips, fudge,              Rice, tea, coffee

                            coffee whitener & other creamers

                           Gluten containing foods eg Pasta

                           & Cereal

Oils and fats      Saturated fats- lard, margarine,          Butter, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil,

                            palm oil & vegetable oils                     Flaxseed oil                     

Cooking methods  Deep Frying                                   Using healthy oils, boiling, baking


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The cholesterol hypothesis is wrong - Dr Malcolm Kendrick, Author of the 'The Great Cholesterol Con'

Ten contradictions from the medical literature that show why the cholesterol / saturated fat / heart disease hypothesis is wrong.

Dr Malcolm Kendrick, author of the best selling book "The Great Cholesterol Con" speaking at Rosemary Cottage Clinic Education Trust* Autumn Seminar, 27th September 2014, in Chichester West Sussex.


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Please seek Medical attention as soon as possible if you are unsure of you or your family's health condition.


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Part of the National Influenza Sentinel Surveillance programme with MOH. If you have a fever of > 38 degrees with a cough, our clinic is able to test for COVID-19. For children below 12 years old with clinical diagnosis of HFMD (eg fever, oral ulcers, rash), our clinic can test for Hand Foot & Mouth Disease (The tests are for surveillance purposes only).


Heart Health - Coronary Heart Disease, Learn what is Angina and Stroke, as well as How to Lower Cholesterol


Groups at Higher Risk for Severe Illness in a COVID-19 Infection

Comorbidities & Underlying Health Conditions in COVID-19 Patients with Complications

·       Hypertension

·       Diabetes mellitus

·       Cerebrovascular disease

·       Cardiovascular disease

·       Chronic lung diseases including COPD

·       Chronic Kidney disease

·       Asthma

·       Dementia

·       Chronic Neurological Disorders

·       Cancer

·       Rheumatological Disorder

·       Obesity

·       Smoking

·       Chronic Hematologic disease / Haemoglobin Blood Disorders

·       Liver disease / Hepatitis B Infection

·       Malnutrition

·       Immunodeficiency / Immunocompromised eg HIV AIDS

·       People aged 65 and older

(Ref: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41430-020-0642-3.pdf, Dailymail.co.uk, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32320003/, Comorbidity and its impact on 1590 patients with Covid-19 in China: A Nationwide Analysis https://erj.ersjournals.com/content/early/2020/03/17/13993003.00547-2020


Co-infection of COVID-19 with other infectious diseases is possible.

Reduce your risk of getting sick with COVID-19

  • Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date. People older than 65 years, and those with many underlying conditions, such as those who are immunocompromised or with significant liver disease, are recommended to receive vaccinations against influenza (Flu 2021/22) and pneumococcal disease (PCV). Click here for Vaccination schedules (NAIS/NCIS).
  • Do not delay getting medical care for your underlying condition because of COVID-19. MD International Medical Centre has contingency MOH infection prevention protocols to protect you from getting COVID-19 if you need care for your underlying condition.
  • Continue your medications and do not change your treatment plan without talking to your doctor.
  • Make sure that you have at least a two-week supply of your chronic disease medications.
  • Call MDIMC @ Tel: 6694 1661 for a medical appointment if you have any concerns about your underlying medical conditions or if you get sick. Our clinic is a PHPC-accredited medical clinic. Under the MOH Swab & Go Home programme, our doctors can do a COVID-19 PCR Swab test if you meet the MOH medical crtieria.

Singapore is free from vaccine-preventable diseases like poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) because of our successful immunisation progamme.

Up to $400 per Medisave Account per year can be used for Vaccinations under the National Adult & Childhood Immunisation Schedule - Influenza, Pneumococcal (PCV13/PPSV), Human Papillomavirus (HPV2/HPV4), Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap), Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) and Chickenpox (Varicella).

National Adult Immunisation Schedule (NAIS) Singapore @ MD International Medical Centre. Make your vaccination appointment at Tel: 6694 1661.


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