When an individual’s cholesterol are too high it means their levels of a type of cholesterol, LDL, have risen above an acceptable limit. LDL cholesterol stands for low-density lipoprotein; this form of cholesterol is often referred to as ‘bad’ cholesterol as it forms as a plaque in the arteries reducing blood flow and increase blood pressure. HDL cholesterol on the other hand, is often given the colloquialism ‘good’ cholesterol as it can improve heart health. While high levels of cholesterol can have negative health impacts, it is often very easy to lower cholesterol levels if dietary and lifestyle changes are adhered to.
One of the easiest ways to lower cholesterol is through cutting back on alcohol consumption.
The NHS suggests that an individual looking to cut down should “avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol a week, have several drink-free days each week [and] avoid drinking lots of alcohol in a short time”.
While this may sound simple, for some cutting down on this popular night-time habit can prove difficult.
As a result, the NHS has a page dedicated to getting support and advice on how to reduce alcohol consumption.
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Cutting down on alcohol is just one of a number of actions patients can take to reduce cholesterol levels.
Quitting smoking, exercising for at least two and a half hours a week, and eating a balanced diet are lifestyle and dietary changes that can lower cholesterol.
With regard to diet, it’s recommended that individuals consume a range of foods including fruits and vegetables and nuts.
As well as introducing healthier elements it is also recommended that unhealthy foods, foods high in fat, and food containing certain oils are avoided.
While the study didn’t focus on younger participants, it nevertheless reinforces that consistent high consumption of alcohol has a negative impact on the body.
In this fashion, binge drinking can increase an individual’s risk of developing a number of conditions such as mouth cancer, throat cancer, breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, liver disease, brain damage, and negatively impact the nervous system.
Binge drinking can also be a sign that the individual engaging in this act is suffering from poor mental health and could be at increased risk of self-harm.
To find out more information on the effects of binge drinking contact the NHS or consult with your GP.
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