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Most Brazilians are unaware of their cholesterol

Most Brazilians are unaware of their cholesterol

The study titled Heart under Control, conducted in August this year by Ibope, reveals that more than half of people over the age of 40 are unaware of their cholesterol. The study was funded by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and the results were released this week by the Institute.

After collecting interviews from 2002 people in all regions of Brazil, scientists found that 62% of respondents did not know what their cholesterol. Although most respondents were willing to adopt a healthier diet (87%) and exercise (79%), in practice only 24% eat six servings of fruits and vegetables daily and only 32% exercise for 30 minutes five times per week.

According to the authors of the research, the results reflect the difficulty of adopting a new lifestyle. They claim that high cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for cardiovascular disease, especially in people over 40 years. Adopting a balanced diet and practicing physical activity is key to avoiding the problem.

Seven habits that help to balance cholesterol

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 17 million people die each year as a result of cardiovascular disease , and high cholesterol is one of the main risk factors of this disease. LDL (bad cholesterol) can not get high because it clogs the vessels. While HDL (good cholesterol) helps in getting the bad cholesterol out of the vessels. If you still do not know how your rates go, find a doctor and take the exams. Regardless of the result, check out some habits that help prevent or - for those who have already been diagnosed - control the disease:

Change the meat for fish

The omega 3 present in fish is a good unsaturated fat , which reduces blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. In addition, the nutrient prevents the formation of clots that can block vessels and cause a heart attack.

Practice Exercising

"Practicing regular exercise is an effective way to increase body fat burning by reducing bad cholesterol ) ", points out the physical educator Daniel Magnoni, a specialist in My Life.

Eat More Fiber

Fiber reduces the absorption of fats by the body, reducing the level of LDL. "They also increase the excretion of cholesterol in the form of bile," explains the expert.

Drop the cigarette

The cigarette acts by accelerating the onset of atherosclerosis, the accumulation of fatty substances inside the arteries. That is, the risks of clogging a vial become even greater, increasing the likelihood of poor circulation and even a heart attack.

Add oats to meals

Oats promote satiety for longer, improve circulation , controls the amount of sugar in the blood and even decreases the absorption of fat by the body, explains the cardiologist. All this occurs thanks to a fiber called beta glucan present in this food.

Choose soy-based foods

Soy-based foods not only fight bad cholesterol but also raise good cholesterol, says Daniel Magnoni. Use creativity and prepare meals that are rich in this food.

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