Simple cholesterol test could save your life
STAFF at the Grimsby Telegraph are in tip-top shape after having their cholesterol levels checked – and now you can take the same test.
For three weeks – starting today – shoppers can head to Sainsbury's Pharmacy, Corporation Road, Grimsby, and book a free health check.
A simple five-minute test immediately identifies both your cholesterol and glucose levels and could prove life-changing for some.
Marie Hughes, dispenser at the pharmacy, said it is important to know what your cholesterol levels are in order to reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.
She said: "Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as lipid that is found naturally in your body and is key to keeping every cell running smoothly.
"It only becomes a problem when your blood cholesterol levels are too high, then it can cause narrowing of your arteries.
"This can put you at an increased risk of heart disease and strokes."
In order to take the test, trained staff carry out a small blood test.
And after taking the test, 64 employees at the Grimsby Telegraph encourage others to do the same.
Michelle Hurst, deputy editor, was pleased her results were good but she now knows how to make her cholesterol ratio even better.
She said: "We should all keep a check on our health, but making time to do so is often put off as we think we have better things to do. I would recommend everyone goes to get a free check – don't ignore your health."
The most important thing about cholesterol levels is they can be lowered by making some simple changes to our diet.
Foods that are full of bad cholesterol and should be eaten in moderation include butter, hard cheeses, biscuits, cakes and sausages.
Those that are full of good cholesterol include olive oil, avocados, mackerel, cashew nuts and beans.
Once you have had your levels analysed, staff will present you with a guide on how to improve your cholesterol.
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For more information, or to book an appointment at Sainsbury's Pharmacy, call 01472 343480.