Hypercholesterolemia, the other name for high blood cholesterol, occurs due to abnormalities in the levels of lipoproteins, the particles that carry cholesterol in the bloodstream. It can be due to diet, genetic factors (familial hypercholesterolemia) and the presence of other diseases such as diabetes and an underactive thyroid.
Diet is one of the major etiological factors in high blood cholesterol. Thus diet therapy is the first weapon in the fight against the high blood cholesterol levels that contribute to heart disease and atherosclerosis. Low-cholesterol diets are prescribed to reduce the risk of heart disease and to treat atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The diet therapy used in treating high blood cholesterol is known as prudent diet, low cholesterol and low saturated fat diet.
To achieve this, many dietary and lifestyle modifications are required.
The second principle of diet therapy for high blood cholesterol requires the consumption of dietary fibre, soy foods, and antioxidants as they can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol.
The following are the foods that one should take when experiencing high blood cholesterol level:
Improving your nutrition can bring stronger resistance to disease and overall health, and nutritional therapy may be particularly helpful in the fight against high blood cholesterol.
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