High cholesterol after menopause? Here’s why HRT could help

There are many ways to lower cholesterol that don’t involve medication.

These include – eating a low-fat diet, eating healthy unsaturated fats instead of unhealthy saturated fats, eating more fibre, and taking regular exercise.

You should also lose weight if you are overweight and maintain your weight in the normal range, ensure you have your blood pressure checked and any high blood pressure properly treated, manage any medical conditions such as type-2 diabetes optimally, and stop smoking.

Dr Lee added: “Increasing the consumption of plant stanols (found in whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, beans and vegetable oils) to 2g per day can reduce LDL cholesterol by 10 percent, and eating 25g per day of soya has also been shown to lower cholesterol.”

However, many of us will find ourselves being prescribed medication, such as statins.

One thing many women may be unaware of is taking HRT is beneficial for their cholesterol levels too.

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