When Flora ProActiv tested over 70 NHS staff’s cholesterol levels at the Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Kingston NHS Foundation Trust, 24% found they had elevated cholesterol – a major risk factor for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). After learning their number, staff committed to taking part in the Flora ProActiv 21 Day Challenge and took steps to lower cholesterol with diet and lifestyle changes.
For 3 weeks, staff undertook regular exercise, ate a healthy, balanced diet consisting of cholesterol lowering foods and consumed Flora ProActiv every day (1 mini drink or 3 servings of spreads or milk per day) which contain plant sterols – proven to help lower cholesterol levels by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks*. After 21 days, 88% of staff successfully reduced their cholesterol level.
One success story was 56-year-old Sue Bellamy, a nursery nurse at the Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Sue knew the importance of knowing her cholesterol number as she had a family history of high cholesterol and her father had suffered a heart attack. Despite this, and having previously tested for high cholesterol, it had been nearly a year since her last reading. After learning she had elevated cholesterol, Sue took action and signed up to the 21 Day Challenge for help and tips to lower cholesterol. In just 3 weeks, her total cholesterol went from 6.38 to 5.43 – a reduction of 15%! You can read more of her story here.
“Knowing your cholesterol number is an important part of understanding your risk of CHD. High cholesterol has no obvious signs or symptoms, but the harm it can do can be fatal,” says HEART UK Chief Executive Jules Payne. “I am happy to see that so many of the staff at these two trusts took the important step of knowing their cholesterol level and that those who did have high cholesterol made a commitment to their heart health and participated in the 21 Day Challenge to lower their cholesterol”.
Don’t delay and get your cholesterol tested today!
There are two main ways to get your cholesterol levels checked. You can find out more about them in our guide to cholesterol testing.
- The first quick way is to visit your local high street pharmacist. Many high street pharmacists will offer a cholesterol check at a modest cost and it can be done there and then, usually without an appointment. Visit the NHS website to find your nearest pharmacy.
- The second way is at an NHS Health Check. The majority of adults over 40 will be invited every 5 years for an NHS Health Check by their GP. Depending on where you live, you could even get an NHS Health Check done in a mobile unit, in a supermarket or even at a tennis or football club. To check where else you can get an NHS Health Check visit the NHS Health Check website.
iOpinion Health. Cholesterol Index Study. Online survey fielded 30 January – 11 February 2015
*Flora ProActiv contains plant sterols. Plant sterols have been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease. Consuming 1.5-2.4g of plant sterols per day can lower cholesterol by 7-10% in 2-3 weeks when consumed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle with sufficient fruit and vegetables.