Fiona Wilkinson.

You can make a difference to your cholesterol levels and risk of heart disease by changing your lifestyle. This simple solution beats heart disease…

A large study published in the European Heart Journal analysed data from almost 9,000 men and women, aged 25–74, from Northern Sweden to understand the effects of making lifestyle changes on heart disease. Over a 10-year period (1994 to 2014) blood cholesterol dropped from 6.2 to 5.5 mmol/L.

Cholesterol-lowering drugs only contributed to a third of this reduction so it is believed that the rest can be attributed to lifestyle changes such as diet; lower fat intake and increased fibre from fruit, vegetables and grains. An encouraging finding from this study is that those who showed the most improvement initially were the most at risk (e.g. with diabetes and previous history of heart disease).

Limit fat from animal sources apart from oily fish, include heart-healthy plant oils such as olive oil, increase your fibre intake by ensuring that you have a minimum of 5-a-day every day and enjoy wholegrains such as brown rice, oats and quinoa in your diet.


European Heart Journal: Greater decreases in cholesterol levels among individuals with high cardiovascular risk than among the general population: the northern Sweden MONICA study 1994 to 2014

Fiona WilkinsonAbout Fiona

I am a Nutrition and Behavioural Psychologist with an MSc in Clinical Nutrition and a PhD in Mental Health. I specialise in long-term weight loss, disordered eating and binge eating. I run both online and in-person programmes to help you with any weight or eating issues you may have picked up over the years. We’re all different and have different needs so I work very much with you as an individual and together we’ll work out a programme to fit you.

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