Health & Complexion - diet & cholesterol

Sensible eating can keep cholesterol levels low

When people learn from their doctor that their cholesterol levels are high, they generally have to change their diet. This does not mean, however, that they can never indulge their palate again. With the right choices, they can continue to eat well and with gusto. Patients taking anti-cholesterol medication should also watch what they eat.

“Diet, along with not smoking and getting more exercise is the basic treatment when cholesterol levels are high,” said Achim Weizel, chairman of the German Society for the Treatment of Lipid Disorders and Associated Diseases (DGFF).

“When someone is really ill, though, this isn’t enough.” Then, medication is necessary because dietary changes can lower cholesterol levels by just 10 to 15 per cent — if at all — as against about 50 per cent with a proven drug.

The body needs cholesterol, a waxy substance found in the fats (lipids) of the blood, to continue building healthy cells. The body produces some of it, and some is ingested via food. The German Heart Foundation noted that cholesterol became dangerous when there was too much low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad” cholesterol) in the blood and too little high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or “good” cholesterol).

Health & Complexion - eating habits

The carotenoids in tomatoes not only delay skin ageing but also protect against the sun.
The Hindu The carotenoids in tomatoes not only delay skin ageing but also protect against the sun.

How about berries instead of Botox, tomatoes instead of day cream, carrots instead of make-up? Many foods are beauty aids that make expensive creams and treatments unnecessary.

Their effects are not immediate, though.

“Foods aren’t medications that work overnight,” noted Hans Lauber, a nutrition expert and author from Munich. Rather than a short-term impact, many foods have a preventative and, above all, lasting effect, he said.

“This means it’s never too late to start holding back the skin’s ageing a bit and ensuring a glowing complexion,” remarked Michaela Axt-Gadermann, a dermatologist and professor of health promotion at Germany’s Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Skin ageing has a lot to do with subdermal inflammation and can be resisted with the right natural products, she said.

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