Bikie War – The Real Killer

by James Kerrison on March 30, 2009

no_bikesWhile the police are out there doing their thing, Sherlock Holmes style, hitting the streets in search of clues, I have been working in the background to find the real killer in the latest round of bikie wars.

Who can this killer be? Well the answer isn’t who but what. The danger lies circulating around in your very own blood stream. The answer? High Cholesterol.

According to stats from the Department of Health and Ageing, about half the Australian population have high cholesterol. Put simply, there is a one in two chance that you are putting yourself at risk of heart disease.

Now if you are over 45, overweight or obese, have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure (sounds like the stereo typical ‘motorcycle enthusiast’ to me) then you need to get your blood tested (by a doctor!)

If that test comes back with a high reading (say, over 5.5mmol/L total) then you need to be looking at changing that ‘life in the fast lane’ lifestyle.

Start by reducing your intake of trans and saturated fats. These are generally found in full fat dairy, fatty meats, fried foods, biscuits, pastries and butter. By reducing the intake of these fats you can have a significant reduction in your total cholesterol levels. To take action on this, choose low fat or no fat dairy, lean meats and try to decrease or avoid the fry ups, biscuits and pastries.

Instead of this being a one way, stop eating this, street you want to add some goodness into the diet. The best way to do this is to add some polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats back into the diet. Foods such as extra virgin olive oils, mixed nuts (walnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews), avocado. By replacing the bad fats with good fats you will also improve your ratio of LDL (bad cholesterol) to HDL (good cholesterol).

Make sure you are also getting in plenty of soluble fibre as well. Try to get most of this from your non starchy vegetables, beans and pulses. A serving of rolled oats for breakfast will also give you a a hit of beta-glucan which has been shown in studies to reduce cholesterol.

It has been said many times that prevention is better than a cure, but if you are already in the killers sight then your options are limited. Follow the steps above, stay healthy and keep your name out of the paper!

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