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Which diet is best for controlling cholesterol? Which foods should I avoid?

Dr Louisa Draper

"There are two main types of fat found in food: saturated and unsaturated. Most people in the UK eat far too much saturated fat. Too much saturated fat will raise your cholesterol and increase your risk of health problems."

Dr Louisa Draper

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Cholesterol is a fatty substance that’s mainly made by the liver in order to help keep your body functioning normally. Cholesterol is also found in certain foods or oils that we eat.

Too much cholesterol in your blood can be dangerous to your health. High cholesterol levels will increase your risk of having a stroke or getting heart disease.  

If you’re worried about your cholesterol levels, talk to your nurse or doctor about having a test. If you’re aged between 40 and 74, you’ll be able to get your cholesterol checked for free as part of the NHS Health Check.

The first step to lowering your cholesterol is to eat a healthy and balanced diet and to exercise regularly.