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October is National Cholesterol Month here in the UK, dedicated to raising funds and awareness around the prevention of high cholesterol, featuring charities such as HEART UK. There are many risks associated with high cholesterol that can often lead to serious, and even fatal, health problems. The good news is that cholesterol can be controlled, and high cholesterol can be lowered to help prevent these associated risks.
For information on what cholesterol actually is and its purpose in the body, visit the NHS website.
The Risks of High Cholesterol
According to the NHS, there is strong evidence to suggest that high cholesterol can lead to some very serious health concerns, including:
Who is at risk?
Anyone can be at risk of high cholesterol, including children. However, there are a number of factors that influence the level of cholesterol in your body, some controllable, some not. According to the British Heart Foundation’s website, these include:
Things that cause high cholesterol you can control:
Things that cause high cholesterol you can’t control:
Lowering your Cholesterol
There are some positive steps you can take in order to lower cholesterol. These include:
Addressing High Cholesterol in the Workplace
The workplace offers a fantastic opportunity for bosses to look after their employees’ general health, and to help prevent the associated costs of cholesterol related sickness and absences. There are some easy and effective steps your workplace can take to get started:
Addressing cholesterol in the workplace may just be the start of your wellbeing journey, and New Leaf Health are here to help. For more information on our cholesterol related health services, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our team on 01384 877855.