Factsheets

Calculating cholesterol

Find a summary of the different blood fats and how to work out the amounts of LDL in the blood from total and HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

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Carbohydrates

An explanation of the different types of carbohydrate, the foods that contain them, and which to eat more and less of for healthy cholesterol.

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Cholesterol and triglyceride levels conversion

How to convert cholesterol and triglycerides to and from mmol/L, as used in the UK, to mg/dl as used in Europe and the USA.

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Cholesterol and lipoproteins

This factsheet explains how cholesterol is transported around the body in lipoproteins. It explains the different amounts of lipoproteins, and healthy levels in the blood.

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Ezetimibe

Information on the ezetimibe, a medicine which lowers cholesterol. Find out how it works, who can take it, the research around it and the side effects.

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Fats explained

Most foods contain some fat. Here we explain the differences between dietary fats (good and bad fats) and explain how they affect your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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Facts about FCS 

Produced for the FCS Day of Action in Parliament on 5th December 2018, this infographic provides some useful facts and figures on FCS.

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Fish

Eating fish has consistently been associated with a reduced risk of circulatory disease such as stroke and fatal heart attack.

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For good cholesterol levels

All the essential changes you can make to your diet to lower your cholesterol, such as eating enough fruits, vegetables and wholegrains.

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Genetics

An explanation of genetic testing, things to think about before having a genetics test and what the results can mean.

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High-density lipoprotein (HDL)

High-density lipoprotein is one of the five major fat
and protein particles (lipoproteins) whose role it is
to enable blood fats (lipids), such as cholesterol
and triglycerides, to be carried through the blood.

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Medicines for lowering blood fats

Information on the three main prescriptions for lowering cholesterol – statins, ezetimibe and PCSK9 inhibitors.

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 Risk factors for coronary heart disease

Learn what raises the risk of heart disease and what you can do to lower it.

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South Asian diet and cholesterol

People from a South Asian background have a higher risk of developing heart disease and some traditional foods can play a part. Get advice on lowering your risk.

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Stress

Feeling stressed over a long time can have an effect on your health and wellbeing. This factsheet explains more and includes suggestions for improving your wellbeing.

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The portfolio diet

This is an eating plan which involves a combination of plant sterols and stanols, almonds, plant fibres and soya protein in a largely vegetarian diet.

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Triglycerides

This factsheets explains what triglycerides are, why they can become raised and what happens if they do

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